The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883
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.
Chronicle, September 1883:
1433. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: About Town.
J.R. Robertson has a new barn finished on his up-town lot.
Some parts of mill No. 2, are idle to-day for lack of water.
Elder C.H. Dalrymple will preach at North Windham next Sunday, at 3 o'clock
C.N. Andrew has a new house well under way in the place of the one recently
destroyed by fire.
Mrs. W.P. Smith of Middletown got an elegant black silk dress from Davis'
Dr. F.O. Bennett is making preparations to raise his residence on Center
street a few feet higher.
It is probable that the musical part of the Willimantic fair will be
under the direction of George L. Wheeler.
Mrs. Joel Fox, while cutting some flowers Saturday, attempted to step
upon a chair and fell, dislocating her wrist.
Holmes will have celery for sale on Thursday, and thereafter, during
the season, at his market on Railroad street.
Collier's Lights O' London Theatre Co. went through here last Friday
morning in route to Boston. The company occupied special palace cars.
J.A. Conant has sold his house on the corner of North and Spring streets,
to Charles Dandero, better known as "Peanut Charley," and expects
to build on his lot on Prospect street.
A cabinet photograph was lost between Bassett block and Johnson's livery
stable, on North street. The finder will confer a favor by leaving the
same at this office.
The new lock-up and justice court-room is progressing finely, and the
old building will present quite a creditable appearance when the improvements
The A.R. & W.G. Morrison Company have bought a strip of land east
of their shop for a new boiler house, and will put in a larger boiler
to accommodate their constantly increasing business.
Somers Bros. Having purchased, direct form the mills, 2,372 pounds of
the best zephyr Worsted, they will sell it at 6 cents an ounce for the
next ten days. Bargain seekers, now is your opportunity.
It was rumored that the improvements on the Natchaug schoolhouse would
not be completed in time for the school to begin on Monday, but the
committee was not caught napping, and the house was ready.
The water in the Willimantic river was lower on Monday than ha been known
for twenty years, and much of the machinery in the mills, depending on
water power, could not be started till later in the day, and some was
not stared at all.
1434. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: At the regular monthly meeting
of St. Joseph's, C.T.A. Society last Sunday, Rev. Fl. .DeBruycker
and Joseph Haggerty were chosen delegates to represent that society
at the 3d annual convention of the Connecticut C.T.A. Union, held
at Middletown Sept. 18th.
1435. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: As we go to press we learn
that Mrs. Charles L. Boss is failing fast, and probably cannot live
1436. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Mrs. F.C. Byers has sold
two building lots to her cousin Dr. J.C. Fitch of Norwalk, who will
probably build next spring. Dr. Fitch is well known here having taught
a select school at South Windham for several years.
1437. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: The Linen company, yesterday,
sent thirteen young ladies to Boston to take charge of the company's
exhibit at the
Mechanics' fair. The old style of handcarding, spinning and weaving will
be shown alongside the modern rapid processes of converting the raw material
1438. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Jonathan Hodgson, formerly
with Wilson & Leonard, died at the home of his mother in Stafford
last week. The funeral took place at Stafford on Saturday morning,
at 10 o'clock, and the remains were interred at North Coventry. A
number of friends from this village attended the funeral. Mr. Hodgson
was in the drug business at Rockville, the firm being Hodgson & Metcalf.
1439. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Mrs. Ellen Potter, widow
of the late E.C. Potter, died of consumption last Sunday night after
a long and painful illness. Two young children are thus left orphans,
but with kind friends who will, as far as possible, fill the place
of father and mother to the bereaved little ones. The funeral of
Mrs. Potter occurs to-day at 1 o'clock and will be attended by Rev.
Mr. Leavitt of the M.E. church.
1440. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: The Fat Men's Association
met at Dor[f?]on's Point, South Norwalk, on Thursday. Less than fifty
members were present, and for these the following bill of fare was
provided: One thousand pounds of chicken; 500 pounds of blue fish;
500 pounds of sea bass; 3,000 ears of corn; 12 bushels sweet potatoes;
12 bushels white potatoes; 1,000 pounds of lobsters; 24 bushels of
hard clams; 6 bushels of soft clams; 20 bushels of oysters. This
was topped off with 600 watermelons, 400 side dishes; 15 bunches
of bananas; 4 boxes of oranges; 10 baskets of peaches; 15 quarts
1441. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Sad Accident. As Mrs. Charles
L. Boss and Miss Dinger of New York were driving on Monday afternoon
about half past four 0'clock the horse became frightened at the sudden
movement of an ox at the corner of Valley and Jackson streets and
sprang suddenly to one side, bringing the wheel of the carriage violently
against the curb-stone. The shock threw the horse down and overturned
the carriage. Both ladies were thrown out, and Miss Dinger received
some severe bruises, but escaped without serious injury. Mrs. Boss
fell on her head in the street with such force that she was unconscious
when taken up. She was taken into Michael Nelligan's and several
physicians were summoned who died their utmost to restore her to
consciousness but without success. At seven o'clock she was taken
to her home on the hill, where she has since lain without any material
change in her condition. Her external injuries are not alarming,
but the shock produced a concussion of the brain, and the gravest
doubts are entertained of her recovery.
1442, TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Court of Burgesses. The
regular meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the Borough
office Monday evening the warden presiding and all except Burgess
Boss present. The following bills were presented and ordered paid:
Labor bill, month of August, $647.47; H.N. Wales, making deeds and
recording same, $1.80; Montgomery Hose Co., salary, $38.75; Alert
Hose Co. salary, $38.75; Excelsior Hook & Ladder Co., salary,
$54.25; Kilourey Bros., lighting street lights, $71.27; J.H. Gray,
posting bills $1.50; Alanson Humphrey, stone, $58.24;
Windham Cotton M'f'g. Co., cotton waste, $1.60; A.R. Burnham & Co.,
repairs street, $24.60; A.R. Burnham & Co., repairs fire department,
$36; C.S. Billings care fire alarm $24; North street carriage works,
repairs street lights, 75 cents; Mrs. A.B. Adams, rent Armory hall, $10;
Globe Gas Lighting Co., rent, fixtures, $30.50. Carpenter & Fowler,
supplies, $13; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, 50 cents. Fred L. Clark, police,
$62; Dwight W. Shurtliff, police $62; Chas. T. Brown, $62. Voted that
S.C. Ford &
Co's bid to build Summit street from Church street westerly to point
nearly opposite house of Patrick Dunn where grade runs out for the sum
of three hundred and ninety dollars and what stone may be got out of
ledge suitable for building purposes be accepted. Noted that the Warden
be instructed to procure the written opinion of eminent counsel as to
the exemption from taxation of the manufacturing companies in the borough
of Willimantic in introducing water into the borough under the provisions
of the charter also as to the constitutionality of the 4th section of
said charter. Voted to adjourn to Friday Sept. 7th, at 7:30 p.m.
1443. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Personals.
Geo. L. Wheeler has returned from his season at Osprey Beach, and is
now prepared to furnish music, either brass or orchestra, to any
one desiring his services.
Carroll B. Adams has returned from a few weeks' sojourn at Long Branch.
D.F. .Terry and family spent last week at Camp Stewart, near Osprey Beach.
John W. Rollinson and family returned yesterday to their home in Naugatuck
after a week's visit in town.
Mrs. E.E. Safford, of Boston, is visiting at F. Safford's on Maple street.
Prof. C.H. Holbrook has been in town setting up his affairs, preparatory
to beginning work in his new field as principal of Lewis Academy, Southington,
Ct. Mr. Holbrook has done a vast amount of good work in district No.
1. and we wish him success wherever his lot may be cast.
Oscar Tanner has been spending a week in town.
Miss Annie F. Hall will go to Newport to-morrow for a three weeks' visit.
Mrs. F. Marble who has been canvassing in the towns about New London
for several weeks spend Sunday at her residence on Maple street.
A.W. Gordon and family have returned from a vacation at the Vineyard.
Messrs. Thomas Henry and John Smith are spending ten days at Brooklyn,
Miss Nellie Desmond of Norwich who has been visiting Miss Lynch at The
Oaks returned to her home on Tuesday.
Col. W.E. Barrows is absent in the West.
Miss Julia Avery of Columbia left Wednesday for Brockton, Mass, to engage
in teaching a select school.
Mr. Allen B. Lincoln has resumed his position on the editorial staff
of the Providence Evening Press.
Rev. S.R. Free occupied his pulpit last Sunday. He stated that he had
not gained in strength as he had hoped during his vacation, and did not
feel able to preach in the evening.
Miss Eva G. Neff filled the position of Soprano in the choir at the Congregational
church last Sunday.
1444. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Andover.
Mr. C.F. Johnson has just harvested a very large crop of hungarian grass
from his meadow. He had five acres sown and it cut about three
tons to the acre.
The meeting on Monday evening for the advancement of our manufacturing
interests, was well attended and most of the time taken up with discussing
the prospect of starting a creamery. Mr. R.E. Phelps of the committee
has recently visited the creamery in Wapping, and he gave a very interesting
account of what he saw there. The Wapping creamery was started the past
summer and it is at present the only one east of the Connecticut River.
After a general interchange of views it was unanimously resolved to go
ahead and start a creamery if the necessary capital could be obtained.
The meeting was then adjourned to Monday evening Sept. 17th at 7 p.m.
at which time it is hoped that everyone interested will be present. It
may be set down as nearly certain now that we shall have a creamery running
by next spring.
Mr. H.F. Standish has been drawn to serve as juror at Tolland.
1445. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Ashford.
Rev. Mr. Plummer a returned missionary and formerly a pastor in Massachusetts,
preached in the Congregational church at the Centre last Sabbath.
Rev. Mr. Byxby has started on his homeward journey.
The praise meeting held at the Baptist church at Warrenville last Sabbath
at 5 o'clock was a very pleasant occasion. Remarks were made by Revs.
Plummer, Byxby, Mathewson, and Nichols, and Deacon C. Avery. The praise
service next Sabbath will be held in the church on the hill at 5 o'clock.
All are invited.
Rev. E.P. Mathewson who has been visiting here, returns to his home in
Hopkinton, R.I., the present week.
Mr. David Mathewson of New Britain of the firm of Mathewson Bros., is
with us for a brief period.
Rev. W.C. Walker state missionary preached in the Baptist church at Westford,
on Sunday the 26th ult.
Mr. Chas. D. Eager, of Warrenville has about completed the improvements
on his wagon shop. It has been thoroughly reconstructed and is now
exceedingly convenient and very pleasant affording ample room with increased
facilities for business. Mr. Eager is an apt mechanic, very obliging
and accommodating and merits success. We congratulate him upon the movement
and bespeak for him in his neat and very inviting quarters the increased
patronage of the public.
1446. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Scotland.
A gang of burglars, supposed to be three in number, have been making
raids on different dwellings on Pudding Hill. Their depredations
extended over several nights. But little booty was secured by the
robbers who are supposed to be tramps. One of this class was arrested,
but no proof was found against him and he was allowed to go on
his way. Henry Greenslit and wife and William Babcock started last
week for Nebraska. They were accompanied by Arthur Gager, whose
health has been very poor for some time, he hoping that a change
of climate will be of benefit.
1447. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Footprints of the Past.
Heavy stone blocks lately taken from the Portland freestone quarry
about eight feet below its top bear some remarkable fossil footprints
of birds and beasts. A lower stratum has the depression caused by
the steps of the antediluvian animals which roamed this region when
the sea reached to the place, and the next lying stratum above took
a cast of the marks in projection. One of these tracks measures fifteen
inches by eleven, and was probably made by some animal of the elephantine
species, although the footprint is larger than that which would be
made by an elephant of the present age. There are three of these
tracks in a slab about a yard wide and two yards long. Another slab
has the impress of some three-toed bird, supposedly a member of the
ostrich family. The stride is about a foot and a half. Another slab
ten foot long, has the impress in relief of part of a tree trunk.
The tree from its shaggy bark, is thought to have been a hickory.
The slabs are to be presented to the Hartford High School.
1448. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: The disagreement as to whether
the English sparrow is a blessing or a nuisance is of long standing,
but promises now to be ended speedily, for some one has divulged
the fact that most of the game served at New York restaurants as "reed
is really the sparrow of our city parks and streets. That settles it;
if the sparrows are toothsome enough to pass for reed birds, there will
soon be no sparrows to talk about.
1449. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: The cyclone is still as
its destructive work in some parts of the West. Before long the inhabitants
ought to understand why the civilized races of the Far West, even
in localities where wood that could be split very thin was plentiful,
preferred to build all their houses with thick walls of stone or
sun-dried brick, and made the roofs either of a very light timber
or of thatch so light that it could blow away without carrying the
house with it.
1450. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: An enterprising Norwegian
is said to have proved to some competent judges and edibles that
portions of the flesh of the whale are good to eat. Some parts have
the flavor of beef while others suggest chicken, and the most delightful
fact of all is that the meat can be sold in cans at about half the
price of Australian beef. As the whale is not a fish, but a warm
blooded animal and a very large one, too, thee may seem great promise
in this discovery and it is not impossible that Yankee whalers may
soon supply grocers' shelves with canned whale. It is a curious fact,
however, that sailors who have eaten whale after being away from
port long enough to take keen delight in any fresh meat that is not
absolutely detestable have never been known to speak enthusiastically
about whale. Canned whale is not likely to take the conceit out of
the Texas steer.
1451. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Born.
McNally - In Willimantic, Sept. 3d, a son Thomas Henry to Dr. T.H. and
1452. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Died.
Wood - In Willimantic, Aug. 31 Maria L. Wood, aged 47.
Fisher - In Mansfield, Aug. 31, Mary Fisher, aged 21.
Spaulding - In Coventry, Aug. 31, Mary Spaulding, aged 32.
Lathrop - In Coventry, Aug. 30, Mary F. Lathrop, aged 41.
Thomas - In Lebanon, Aug. 31, Diancy S. Thomas, aged 78.
Fisk - In Chaplin, Sept. 3, Polly Fisk, aged 86.
Hayward - In Windham, Sept. 3, Matilda H. Hayward, aged 41.
Martin - In Chaplin, Sept 4, Lucy F. Martin, aged 75.
Potter - In Willimantic, September 2, Ellen L., widow of E.C. Potter,
1453. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: James H. Picknell, Contractor
and Builder. Jobbing of all kinds. And Supplies Furnished. Willimantic,
1454. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Notice - I hereby give my
daughter, Mary A. Talcott, her time until her majority and she is
at liberty to make her own contracts after this date. John H. Talcott.
Sept. 4, 1883.
1455. TWC Wed Sep 5, 1883: Notice - I having separated
from my wife, I hereby forbid all persons harboring or trusting her
on my account as I shall pay no bills of her contracting after this
date. Frank Monroe. Willimantic, Conn., Aug. 27, 1883.
1456. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: About Town.
Rev. S.R. Free lectured on "Accidents" last Sunday.
Mansfield Point shell oysters may be found at Holmes' on Railroad Station.
Workmen are busy constructing a direct telephone line from this place
Rev. J.H. James, of Danielsonville will preach in the Methodist church
J. O'Sullivan has commenced work on a new parochial school building on
Valley street, 100 by 32 feet.
Mrs. C.H. Lillie has moved her dressmaking rooms to Cushman block, between
Union and Main streets.
The residence of G.W. Phillips, of Putnam, was damaged about $5,000 by
fire Monday morning.
Hartford has condemned the gasoline street lights on account of the poor
quality of the light, and smoky lanterns, and will supply their places
with gas jets.
J.R. Root returned Friday from a six weeks' sojourn among the Berkshire
hills. "Never enjoyed myself so well in my life," is his own
enthusiastic comment on the trip.
Dr. E.P. Banning who has lectured here several times was arrested last
week in Norwich for violating the law forbidding doctors from other states
plying their vocation in Connecticut.
John Hickey has moved his tenement house on Union street near Jackson
to the rear of the lot and will build an addition 25 feet long, and arrange
the house for two families. James Picknell has the contract for the wood
1457. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: W.N. Potter has the pattern
of a last made for Miss Fannie Mills, of Sandusky, Ohio, a young
lady 22 years of age.
The foot measures 14 ¼ inches across the toe, 18 ¾ inches
across the ball, 19 ¼ inches over the instep and the heel measurement
is 22 inches.
The shoes are number 29. Next.
1458. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Joseph Gervain a ten-year-old
lad while attempting to get peaches from a car last Thursday fell
under the wheels and had his right leg run over. It was fond necessary
to amputate the limb near the thigh. The little fellow rallied from
the shock of the accident and the operation, but it is doubtful whether
he has sufficient vitality to carry him through.
1459. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: A trio of spring bed venders
have been trying to work a cheap swindling dodge in some parts of
this county. Their game is for one of the gang to secure a purchaser
for a spring-bed, and the pay therefore. Subsequently swindler No.
2 comes along, claims the bed as his property, but of course will
compromise for a consideration. Look out for them.
1460. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: When we went to press last
week the physicians attending Mrs. Charles Boss considered her condition
very critical, and she was not expected to live many hours. Afterwards,
she rallied, and from Friday to Monday hopes were entertained of
her recovery. In this time she had some intervals of consciousness
and answered intelligently any question put to her. Yesterday her
symptoms were unfavorable and since then she has been gradually failing
and passed away at half past twelve this afternoon.
1461. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: An accident occurred this
morning on the New York and New England railroad between Andover
and Hop River, in which Theodore Carver, a brakeman, living in Hartford
had a leg broken, and several others received injuries. Carver was
brought to the Brainard
house where his injuries were attended to by Dr. T.H. McNally. It seems
that two freight trains were going east but a few minutes apart. The
first train parted, and in the delay caused by coupling the parts together
the second struck it in the rear, throwing a number of cars off the track
blocking the road. Carver will be taken to Hartford as soon as the track
1462. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: An alarm of fire was sounded
Friday forenoon to which the companies promptly responded. The fire
was found to be
Joseph Wood's dye house. Mr. Wood went to the post office about ten o'clock
leaving a little fire in the furnace, and ten pounds of steam in the
boiler. The building was found to be on fire about half an hour later,
and as no water could be brought to bear on the flames, was consumed.
Loss about $1,000. Insured for $500.
1463. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: The last legislature passed
the following law:Section 1. The selectman of every town shall appoint
two or more persons to be game-wardens, who shall assist in detecting
and prosecuting offences against the game laws, and shall be paid
the same fees, allowed
to grand jurors in criminal cases.
Sec. 2. Game-wardens shall hold their offices for the term of two years
from the date of their appointment, and shall have the same powers as
other officers to arrest for the violation of any law relating to game.
In accordance with the provision of the above act our Selectmen have
appointment Jerome B. Baldwin, Henry L. Edgarton and Robert Binns as
1464. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Prohibition Convention.
The prohibition convention held here on the 8th inst, nominated Rev.
J.S. Perry of Thompson, for sheriff, and Rev. F.L. Barlow for senator.
.......That we present the name of J.S. Perry for sheriff of Windham
county, and of J.L. Barlow for senator for the 17th district as worthy
of the confidence and support of all who would serve the best interests
of the people.
1465. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Scotland.
Golden Wedding - The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Anthony, in the
northern part of our quiet little town, on Wednesday, Sept. 5th,
was the scene of a golden wedding celebration. The invitations
extended only to their descendants and the fathers and mothers-in-law
of their children. This aged couple are the heads of a large family.
They have seven children, thirty-three grand children and four
great grand children, of whom were present six children, three
sons and three daughters - the other daughter residing in Kansas;
twenty three grandchildren, and two great grand children, together
with others who were present, making in all a party of fifty. They
gathered about 2 p.m., and were soon chatting merrily. Soon after
their arrival the bride adorned herself with some false hair, which
was worn by her on the evening of her wedding fifty years ago.
The small children enjoyed themselves out of doors and the larger
ones in doors, by singing and talking, until the time arrived for
supper, when the table was spread with many kinds to tempt the
appetite. After supper was over the rest of the time until eight
o'clock was spent in singing and speaking. In the first place remarks
were tendered by the Rev. R.J. Nichols, which were very appropriate.
Then, in turn, Mrs. Albert Kimball, and Mrs. Wm. Anthony; and lastly
an address by the bridegroom. A poem, written by one of the grandchildren,
was read, entitled "Fifty Years." After which they were
dismissed with prayer and benediction.
Quite a number of friends and relatives gathered at the house of Mr.
and Mrs. Sumner Bingham last Monday afternoon to celebrate the fiftieth
anniversary of their wedding day. Among the number was Mr. Harvey Hughes
of Hampton. Mr. Hughes left his team at the house of Mr. Marcus Burnham,
and after the festivities were over started alone for that place. Before
reaching the house he was seen to fall and when help reached the spot
he had ceased to breathe. The cause of his death is supposed to have
been heart disease.
The Rev. Mr. Wright of Walpole, Mass., supplied the pulpit on Sunday.
Mr. Marcus Morse and wife of East Woodstock are visiting friends in town.
Miss Gertrude Bass has gone to Deep River to teach school.
Mr. E.B. Jenner has just received about fifteen hundred dollars back
pension and draws eight dollars per month now.
J.L. Cady has returned from his musical sojourn at the seashore.
1466. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: The Rose Ambler Mystery.
The detectives who are engaged on the Rose Ambler case have been
stimulated to renewed efforts by the increase of the reward offered
by the town of Stratford from $300 to $1000. L.D. Curtis, one of
the parties on whom suspicion has fallen, is reported at one time
to have been confined in an insane asylum. Detective Frederics claims
to have found blood-stained garments in Curtis' trunk and some importance
has been attached to the fact that a cane he was in the habit of
carrying had disappeared about the time of the murder. A relative,
A.S. Curtis, claims that the cane was found by his daughter on the
ribs of the front fence. He accounts for the wounds on the hands
of L.D. Curtis, by saying that he was in the habit of whittling and
three or four days ago cut his finger. There is also evidence that
goes to show that ten o'clock on the night when the murder was committed
Curtis was more than three miles from the scene of it at the house
of Samuel Benjamin where he sat on the piazza smoking. Detective
Bibbins had a theory that the murder was committed by a Negro who
is said to have been seen in New Haven a week ago Monday with his
hand wrapped in handkerchief that was soaked with blood. This has,
however, been effectually dissipated. The suspected Negro was injured
on a train Saturday night and is now in the hospital in New Haven.
It is claimed that two detectives have found a signet ring near where
the body was found, which they regard as furnishing a clue. The situation
may be summoned up by the statement that the mystery is to all appearances
as far as ever from solution.
1467. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: More Sleep. Dr. Selden
H. Talcott, superintendent of New York state homeopathic asylum for
the insane, says that our national lackis that of recuperating sleep.
Against the use of the so-called hypnotics in massive doses he protests,
because the temporary benefits are heavily discounted by the evil
effects which almost always follow. Two conditions oppose the requirements
of sleep. These are hyperaemia of the brain - stimulating it to undue
activity, and playing the part of a whip and spur to a tired horse
- and the opposite of hyperaemia, excessive cerebral anaemia. To
relieve the former by rational methods, the blood forces must be
enticed away from "their persistent assaults upon the cranial
fortress." This can best be accomplished by filling the stomach
with solid food, thus "furnishing temporary engagement for the
pugilistic globules on other fields." The food should be of
the coarsest and plainest, else the remedy might produce an aggravation.
Should excessive anaemia exist, and a state of nerve irritability
and trepidation be thus produced, take liquid food, such as hot milk,
beef tea, and broths, about an hour before sleep is intended. This
is of peculiar value to persons of sedentary habits, to those who
take too little exercise, and to those who suffer from imperfect
circulation. Sleep may usually be obtained, after a hard and irritating
day's work, by a warm bath, a cold douche, and a brisk rubbing following
that, just previous to retiring for the night. Fresh air should be
freely supplied in every sleeping room; yet the sleeper should be
protected from even moderate draughts; for these, though apparently
slight at first, will produce chilliness of one portion of the body,
while another may be overheated, and thus a disturbing inequality
of circulation ensues. Beds should be firm in texture, level, and
well elevated from the floor, for thus complete circulation around
the bed is secured.
1468. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Andover.
The Rev. B.F. Chapman has presented the Baptist Society with $500 the
income of which is to be applied towards the supply of the pulpit.
Mr. Charles Pixley has bought the Tuttle wood lot of Mr. E.D. Post.
The Coleman Bros. Have bought the Alonzo Allen farm and have set up their
steam saw mill there. The prospect is that the lumber business will be
pretty brisk here the coming winter.
Mr. W.H. Matteson has resigned the position of station agent here in
order to accept a better position in Providence on the Stonington R.R.
Mr. Matteson has made many friends during his short stay here, and his
departure will be greatly regretted. He is to leave here the 20th of
Mr. R.W. Post is home for a few days suffering somewhat from an attack
of malaria. Mr. Geo. B. Kenyon who has been suffering for some time from
an attack of malaria, contracted at Manchester, is now much better.
Miss Emmy J. Kellogg was in town over Sunday, the guest of Mrs. J.H.
Andover is represented at Niantic this year by Messrs. H.G. Dorrance
and Wm. G. Tarbox, who are members of the 1st regiment.
Mr. C.W. Johnson recently took a trip to Litchfield County, and while
there took to himself a wife in the person of Miss Carrie Bell of Canaan.
The happy couple have the best wishes of their many friends.
1469. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: The Messrs Hills, at the
Hills homestead, West Haven shore, freed two carrier pigeons Sunday
morning at 8 o'clock. The birds belonged in Newark, N.J. the property
of Mr. A.T. Baldwin.
News was received Monday that the birds arrived at Newark at 10 o'clock,
two hours after liberation.
1470. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: C.B. Platt of Norwich,
died Saturday morning. In 1852 he was connected with E.C. Stedman,
the poet banker of New York, in the publication of the Norwich Tribune.
Later he was business manager of the Norwich Morning Bulletin, and
then went into the dry-goods business. He was 55 years old.
1471. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Mrs. Lucina W. Evitts of
New Milford, was badly burned by the capsizing of a lamp last Thursday,
and died of her
1472. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Miss Hoyt of Norwalk, the
first clerk whose name was sent forward by the civil service commission
for a vacancy in
the treasury, cannot be found, and the department gives notice that unless
she soon appears the place must be given to another.
1473. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: The cattle plague in Salem
has nearly abated, there being at the present time but one case in
the town, that of an ox belonging to Mr. Williams. His farm, as well
as that of Captain David Seaman, formerly of New London, is strictly
quarantined. Captain Seaman lost one valuable cow from the disease.
1474. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Mrs. John Stocking of Waterbury,
who has for some time lived entirely alone, fell in a paralytic attack
last week, broke her hip and lay fourteen hours before she was discovered
and could receive assistance. Mrs. Stocking is eighty years old.
It is thought she will recover from the shock but never be able to
leave her bed.
1475. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: The large ice house of
& Austin, located on the banks of the Community lake at Wallingford, was
burned Friday night. There was stored in the house 100 tons of ice. It was
purchased by Hallenbeck & Austin last winter at the cost of $1,000, and
was insured for $500. It is supposed to have been set on fire.
1476. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: The dead body of Miss Catharine
McKiernan was discovered Saturday in her room on Lafayette street,
New Haven. For a day or two past the inmates of the house, and the
parties living near by, have been puzzled to account for a terrible
stench which pervaded the locality, and which was found to proceed
from the body, which was in an advanced stage of decomposition. The
death is supposed to have occurred from heart disease Wednesday morning.
1477. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: George Hauser of Waterbury,
fell from a horizontal bar last Wednesday and struck on his shoulder.
He worked as usual the next day but suffered so much pain that he
went to a physician who found that he had broken his collar bone.
1478. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Saturday evening James
Donahue, while at work in the freight yard of the New England road
at East Hartford, slipped and fell on the track. Before he could
rise a switching engine ran over him and his body was terribly mangled,
death following almost
1479. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: The Supreme Court of Errors
has just rendered judgement for the defendant in the celebrated Poquonnoc
oyster case. This decision supports Nathan S. Fish and other representatives
of the town in removing the disease breeding brush from the Poquonnoc
1480. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Officer Hill, of Norwich,
stabbed by Monterio, is out of danger. Monterio's recover is a matter
1481. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Mrs. Julie P. Smith, well
known as the author of "Widow Goldsmith's Daughter," and
other popular novels, was killed Friday morning by a runaway accident,
near her beautiful summer residence on Town Hill, New Hartford. When
Mrs. Smith first called for
assistance the horse was moving at a slow pace, but almost immediately
afterward was seen to leave the road, cross the ditch and take the turf
next to the wall, and it was not till after this that he showed a disposition
to run. The absence of an effort to restrain the horse after he had started
to run, and her position in the carriage, prove almost beyond question
that Mrs. Smith was unconscious at the time the horse left the road.
It is probably that when she called for aid she felt a faintness seizing
her and almost immediately fell in such a way as to pull the horse sharply
to the right. In view of the above facts it is almost certain that an
attack of an apopletic nature was the prime cause of the fatality.
1482. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Married.
Bosworth - Ladd. In Westford September 5th, by George W. Platt, Justice
of the Peace, George F. Bosworth of Westford and Miss Jennie B.
Ladd of Stafford.
Platt - Farrow. In Westford, Sept. 9, by Rev. Oscar Bissell, George Platt
Esq. Of Ashford and Mrs. Emily D. Farrow of Hampton.
1483. TWC Wed Sep 12, 1883: Died.
Boss - In Willimantic September 12, Ida, wife of Charles L. Boss, aged
Storrs - In Mansfield September 5, Eunice W. Storrs, aged 58 years.
Shippee - In Hampton September 9, Forest Shippee, aged 27 years.
Ticknor - In Andover September 12, Lydia Ticknor, aged 80 years.
Hughes - In Scotland September 10, Harvey Hughes of Hampton, aged 80
1484. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: About Town.
Two cent postage stamp in effect after October 1.
R.B. Truscott has opened a tin shop at 4 Railroad street.
The Willimantic Linen company will start up on full time October 1st.
W.H.H. Bingham is adding new and improved machinery to his paper box
Thomas and James Johnson have bargained with H.N. Wales, administrator
on the Tanner estate for the stable property on North street occupied
Mr. Henry N. Wales has bought of A.E. Brooks for the hers of the late
Warren Tanner the house and lot on North street just in the rear of their
Main street property.
A son of Joshua Bliven fell from the bank wall on the Horace Hall estate
on Walnut street last week and broke his arm. Dr. Gallup was called and
reduced the fracture.
Some Potatoes. Charles Brooks of Tolland lately took from his field nine
potatoes that filled a half bushel basket one of them weighing 3 pounds
and 6 ounces. They were of the variety known as the White Elephant. Next.N.D.
Kenyon wishes to notify his customers that he will be out of town this
week and those wishes anything in the tree or shrub line may leave their
orders at Warren's boot shop and they will be attended to upon his return.
1485. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: George C. Jordan's trotting
horse "Star" and Charles T. Kenyon's "M.Y.D. colt" showed
the Massachusetts horses their heels in fine style at the Sturbridge
fair last week. In the 2:43 class Star took first money and the colt
second - best time 2:38. Mr. Kenyon had a horse entered in another
race but he failed to "get there". They are trying their
luck at the Brooklyn fair this week.
1486. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: The Windham county Temperance
society will hold its annual meeting at Putnam Baptist church, Tuesday,
Sept. twenty-fifth. Topics. Public sentiment and temperance constitutional
Prohibition, Duty of temperance men at the polls. Addresses by A.B.
Taylor, Esq., Danielsonville and Rev. Dr. Herr, Norwich. Free return
tickets on the New York and New England railroad.
1487. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: A somnambulist got something
of a fall at Hotel Commercial about midnight, Friday night. He was
wandering about the hallway while asleep and tumbled from top to
bottom of a flight of stairs. Strange to say, no bones were broken
and only slight bruises about the head was the result of his unceremonious
descent. His name was J.W. Cook, a New York drummer.
1488. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: A first class athletic
entertainment will be given at Franklin hall next Monday evening
under the direction of Prof.
Bowman of Yale college. The programme will be made up of wrestling, sparring,
club swinging and general athletics. A number of local athletes have
volunteered to take part. The finale will be an exhibition of the manly
art of self defense between Prof. Bowman and David Corcoran, Willimantic's
base ball catcher.
1489. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: George F. Morrison advertises
his cosy and valuable place on Pleasant street to be sold at public
auction next week
Friday preparatory to his departure for a California home. The property
is described in another column and affords a good opportunity for somebody
to secure an attractive residence. Mr. Morrison informs us that a purchase
of real estate made by him a few weeks ago in Santiago, Cal., where he
will locate, has increased in value since that time $400.
1490. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Messrs. A.T. Walker and
P.J. Carey have formed a copartnership for the purpose of carrying
on a clothing business in the east store of Bank building and will
open their wares for the public to inspect next Saturday. Both these
gentlemen are favorably known in this vicinity having resided here
a great many years. Mr. Carey is thoroughly acquainted with the clothing
business having been connected with the well known house of W.L.
Harrington & Co. for about five years past.
1491. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Messrs. Ashley Turner and
J.D. Willis are on a pleasure tour through a portion of the South
and taking in some of the principal places of interest connected
with the lat Rebellion. Saturday the 15th, they joined Sheridan's
veterans in an excursion through the
Shenandoah Valley over the battlefields and other places of interest.
A private letter says they spent Sunday and Monday in Washington and
from there to Harpers Ferry, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fishers Hill, Harrisonburg
and are having a grand time, but find many changes since we
were here during the war.
1492. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: The funeral of Mrs. Ida
L., wife of Charles L. Boss took place from her late residence on
Church street Saturday
afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Free performing the solemn funeral rites.
Mrs. Boss was one of those kind, gentle, lovable persons by whose demise
the world is a great loser, and who gathered nothing but friends on the
journey of life. The painful circumstances which surrounded her death
were made doubly sorrowful by the fact that besides a husband she was
called forever away from two bright children - a boy and a girl - and
left a cosy and attractive new home in which she expected to spend many
happy years. The floral tributes from friends at home and abroad were
many and beautiful.
1493. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Porter Noble, residing
in the town of Scotland, reports that his house was entered through
a window one night last week, by burglars. They had lighted over
forty matches and thrown them on the floor. Thirteen doors was left
open in the lower part of the house. Contents of bureaus, boxes,
trunk, etc., were strewn on the floor. A pocketbook containing a
small sum of money was taken. Mr. Noble and his family slept on the
second floor and were not awakened by the burglars. Other houses
in town have been entered in like manner recently. Cows have been
milked, corn and fruit stolen in the night time. It is supposed to
be the work of tramps. One suspicious looking tramp was arrested,
but as nothing could be proven against him he was allowed to go on
the promise that he would leave town at once. Detectives are trying
to ferret out the burglars.
1494. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Man Killed. Philip Farrow
a brakeman on the wrecking train detailed to clear away the wreck
near the cemetery was killed by the cars Sunday night. He had been
sent out with red lantern to notify an incoming train to stop, and
halting just beyond the covered bridge he set his lantern down between
the rails and returned into the bridge where he stretched a board
across the track and sat down to rest. Shortly he fell asleep and
the approaching train not seeing the red light in time to stop before
reaching it and not seeing the sleeping man at all struck and completely
decapitated him scatting his brains about the bridge and of course
killing him instantly. It is said that he had been at work continuously
since the collision. The accident occurred in Columbia but Dr. Fox
of this village being the most convenient medical examiner at hand
was notified. The cause of the accident was so apparent that it was
unnecessary to notify the coroner and Undertaker Sessions took the
body in charge. It was ascertained that the unfortunate man had been
but three weeks in the company's employ, was but 25 years of age
and was a resident of Columbia, Penn., where he had a wife and one
child. The record of such untimely deaths is always sad.
1495. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Another Collision. The
New England railroad experienced one of those very common occurrences
on its line, a freight train smashup, Friday night about 12:15 o'clock,
which was one of the most destructive to property that has taken
place on the road. The
stretch between this station and Andover seems to be fated for accidents,
no less than three costly ones have occurred there within a very brief
period. On this instance eleven cars and two engines were completely
wrecked the former being smashed into splinters almost, and the latter
being battered all out of shape. A rough estimate by one inexpert in
judging such matters would place the damage not far from $40,000, which
is a nice little fortune for most people. The particulars of the accident
are these: The fourth section of freight No. 9 drawn by engine 137, had
orders to pass the first section of No. 16, eastward bound, at this station,
but in direct disobedience tried to make Hop River before this train
had arrived and the consequence was that both trains met at a point about
twenty rods west of the cemetery. The engineers and firemen of both trains
saw the approach each of the other's engine and realizing the impossibility
of stopping their heavily laden trains and avoiding a collision reversed
steam, blew their
whistles for brakes and jumped from their engines. The trains came together
with a tremendous crash piling engines, cars and merchandise in a promiscuous
mass about the track. When the telegraph operator at the depot became
aware that the west bound train had proceeded toward Hop
River he telegraphed to headquarters in Boston and received a telegram
in response that a collision was inevitable. An engine which was standing
in the yard at the time was dispatched to overhaul the train but arrived
at the scene of the accident only in time to bring back a wounded brakeman
who was, fortunately, the only person seriously hurt. He from being thrown
from a box car was damaged about the head and was attended by Dr. McNally.
A wrecking train was promptly sent from Hartford but it was noon Saturday
before the debris was cleared away enough to make the track passable.
In the meantime trains were delayed and the depot yard was cluttered
with freight cars. The wrecked cars were laden with dry goods, cotton,
Yankee notions, bicycles, sewing machine parts, leather and corn, all
of which were strewn about the ground and it was unavailable that much
should be stolen in the darkness which prevailed. Conductor Sloper, who
was making his first trip in that capacity, was directly responsible
for the accident and when he realized what had happened disappeared and
has not since been heard from. Saturday night after the greater part
of the corn had been taken up William Sweet secured about sixteen bushels
from the leavings.
1496. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Mr. L.D. Brown is reported as slowly improving in health.
The Rev. Alpheus Winter the great apostle of prohibition lectured on
his favorite theme at conference hall last Sunday evening. The house
was not overcrowded.
Cholera-infantum is prevalent to some extent among the children. Mr.
Edwin Hall's child has been very sick with this disease, and had partially
recovered, is now suffering from a brain disorder, and lies in an extremely
critical condition, with little or no hope of recovery.
Doctor Flint of Coventry is attending it, assisted by Doctors Bennett
and Hill of Willimantic who were called for council.
Mr. George James' two young children have had a severe attack of this
complaint which for a time, it was feared would terminate fatally. But
both have recovered Dr. Marsh of the Centre treated them.
1497. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: South Windham.
The farm comprising a part of the estate of Miss B.F. Crowell lately
deceased has been sold by the administrator to John O'Rourke.
Men are at work setting new poles on the line of the Southern New England
telephone Co. south of this village, it has hitherto followed the railroad
but will now follow the turnpike.
1498. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: North Windham.
The children's vacation too will soon be over and they will go back to
school with renewed energies. The teachers engaged here are Mr.
George Ladd of Franklin, and Miss Hattie Flint of this village.
The telegraph office has been removed to that renowned locality "Chewink"
that being the point to which the double track is completed.
Joseph Ottenheimer Jr. met with a serious accident last Friday morning
by accidentally stepping and falling from the high wall near the mill
and severely injuring his ankle. He has been attended by Drs. Hill of
Willimantic and Sweet of Lebanon and is now doing well.
Mr. Wm. Sibley has been making great improvements on the Backus property
and will shortly occupy the same. Mr. Hezekiah Utley has also been
fixing up his house on the Porter place.
Mrs. D.S. Crumb and children leave Wednesday for their home in Bloomfield,
1499. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: The detectives at work
on the Rose Clark Ambler murder case in the employ of State Attorney
Fessenden are now
convinced, so they claim, that William Lewis the dead girl's lover committed
the crime, and they are seeking to weave a net work of circumstantial
evidence around him. So far they have made no great progress. Lewis openly
sneers at their efforts.
1500. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: At Wilton on Thursday last
Dr. Huntington found Mr. W.M. Hoyt of Ball Hill lying in the river
near John Brown's with his knee so badly injured as to prevent any
movement. Mr. Hoyt claims that he was set upon on his return from
the Fairfield county fair, robbed and then thrown from the bridge
into the river.
1501. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: L.R. Hoyt of Danbury, is
said to have saved two acres of tobacco which he had growing in Weston
from the frost
Tuesday night by a novel expedient. He kept a fire of bog grass going
about the field through the night.
1502. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Mansfield.
As George Clapp was driving in the night near Atwoodville, a large limb
of a tree which the telephone company cut got entangled in the
hind wheels of his buggy, and, as he alleges, upset him and injured
his shoulder. He has notified Selectman Hooker and receiving no
definite answer, says he will put it in a lawyer's hands for settlement.
Query: Who is holden for damages if there is any, Town of Mansfield
or telephone company.
Dry, dry! Farmers cannot get any grain ground for lack of water. E.R.
Shumway says next year he will get the bilge on the drought if he can
find an engine that suits him. Go ahead Elijah and we will find the grain.
At this writing we learn that Mrs. Conrad Fisher who buried her daughter
two weeks ago is dangerously sick with typhoid fever.
District Committee LeValley has secured the services of Miss Sadie Millard
for our school this winter. Miss M. taught here this last summer and
if she sustains her record the school will be a success. And she will.
The little touch in the Chronicle recently about the shameful condition
of the W. Wood Hill burying yard is bearing good fruit. Many of those
that have friends buried there have responded and all will if any one
will take the lead and say the word go. Will some one who is most interested
take the lead this fall and make it the pride of the Hill? We wait patiently.
Tramps are getting too plenty by half and the question arises is there
a tramp constable in town; also have the town fathers appointed any game
wardens as per act of last legislature? Hunters are shooting in and out
of season here without molestation.
We had the pleasure a few days since of meeting with our old friend and
namesake Mr. G. Huntington Reynolds at his "Spring manor" plantation
between Mansfield Depot and Merrow Station. In 1879 Mr. Reynolds purchased
a tract of land extending from the town road west to the Willimantic
river. The greater part of this tract was covered with timber and brush
and to most people uninviting. That part fronting the road was covered
with stones and huge boulders and uneven and hilly withal. The western
part bordering on the river is a level plain densely covered with stately
pines, on the skirts of which runs the N.N. Railroad. What special beauty
charmed the purchaser and invited his capital to this rugged and uncultivated
forest is best known to himself. Soon after the purchase he set men to
work building a wall by the roadside four feet thick at the base, three
feet at the top and four feet high above the ground, being set below
the power of frost to move it, and faced alike on each side. This wall
was continued nearly or quite half a mile in length to his northern boundary
line. A walk was then graded six feet wide between the wall and highway
and a row of elm trees along its border, 125 in number, of the cork bark
variety, brought from New Rochell, N.Y. They are now well to growing
and we imagine that in coming years those that pass that way will point
with pride to that lovely row of trees and refresh themselves and the
beneath its cooling shade. Additions have been made to the original purchase,
the whole tract now comprising 175 acres which has been divided by cross
walls into roomy pasture and tillage fields. Bordering on the river is
a plain of 18 acres mostly covered with evergreen trees, the outer portion
of which as been trimmed up and cleared of underbrush, the center being
left in its natural condition as the proprietor expressed it for the
rabbits to hop around in and afford a safe retreat for the partridge
and grey squirrel, all of which make a home there unmolested. We venture
the assertion that if any strolling hunter should invade that rural spot
in quest of game it would not be well for him. The walls are all built
after one pattern like the one described in the forepart of this article
and aggregate 16,000 feet in length. We notice a division of line wall
140 rods long as straight on either face as a drawn line. In fact all
the walls are thus built except where needed angles and purposely made
curves vary the line. The abutments are built larger and higher than
the main wall and are capped with flat stones from the quarry of Mr.
Humphrey at Willimantic. A massive foundation has been laid for a new
barn, two smaller ones are already built, the largest one to stand between
the two. Further up the incline a house is to be built over looking the
park and plain below. Near by flows water from a living spring sufficient
for man and beast. A drive way has been graded through the premises nearly
a mile in length connecting with the highway at each end. Iron grates
from the DeLamater iron works, N.Y., of which Mr. Reynolds is superintendent
engineer, close the entrance to the grounds and are also used to close
driveways between fields. All the stone work has been done by Mr. Joseph
Jones of Willimantic a large part having been laid with his own hands
and it is safe to say that he has no superior in laying farm walls. Mr.
Jones is a light, sinewy looking man of agreeable appearance and has
been engaged on these walls for five seasons, handling stones all the
time and it is a wonder how he endured it and maintains his straight
upright form and elastic step. That Mr. Reynolds expects to see a full
return in dollars and cents for his outlay on this rugged tract of wild
land is not presumed, but he drinks in the full value in the pleasure
of making the improvement on that portion of his native town over which
he used to ramble in his youthful days. He was born of good stock, though
not in wealth, and is a brother in a family of twelve children all but
two of which are now living. Mr. Reynolds is in the prime of is life,
just the upper side of fifty years, and is brim full of push so to speak,
a self-made man having battled successfully with the elements of business
life from his boyhood days to
his now riper years. His inventive genius, coupled with an indomitable
perseverance has brought him wealth and he evidently takes pleasure in
expending it to beautify the earth. We congratulate him in his prosperity
and hope that his life may be spared many years to enjoy the fruits of
1503. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Mrs. Chaplin, wife of the
Rev. A.J. Chaplin, who has been ill for some months, is no in a critical
condition. Mrs. C. Fisher, residing in the eastern part of the town,
is also sick.
1504. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Mr. Burke of Willimantic
has leased a tenement and a blacksmith shop of J.W. Daggett at Gurleyville.
1505. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Mr. Wilcox, late blacksmith
at Storrsville, has removed. David King, wagon maker and repairer
at same place, has
bought his tools and now employs a blacksmith to fill the vacancy.
1506. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: A resident of this town,
owning land in Blackstone, Mass, on the line of the New York and
New England railroad, has been notified to meet the commissioners
there next Friday, 21st, to arrange for an adjustment of damages
caused by the lay out of their double tracks running through his
land. O.G. Bennett, Esq., of Chaplin will represent the case.
1507. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Columbia.
Messrs. Brown and Utley commenced the manufacture of sorghum on Monday.
Rev. F.D. Avery was absent from his charge last Sabbath and the people
were expecting services to be conducted by the deacons but were agreeably
disappointed on having the desk occupied by Rev. Alvord, of New Hampshire.
Elisha Spafard [sic] who is teaching a select school in the Town Hall
is hired for an eighteen weeks term in Pine St. District.
Miss Jennie Fuller goes to Hartford Saturdays for musical instruction.
The boys from Camp Waller returned Saturday with the exception of three
who remained to assist in the final packing up of various articles pertaining
to camp life.
Fred. Avery has been enjoying a short vacation at home.
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Yeomans returned last week from Cape Cod where they
spent their time enjoying life at the shore sailing, fishing, clam bakes,
Elisha Lewis had an orchard of peaches that was fine to look upon and
delicious to the taste and many customers are disappointed to learn that
he has disposed of the lot to one purchaser.
Miss Lizzie Brown is teaching the fall term in the North District and
Miss Hattie Hutchins in Hop River, while Payson Little and C. Isham have
gone to South Coventry, engaged in the capacity of teaching.
W.P. Robertson and Wilton Little of Hartford were in town over the Sabbath.
1508. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Ashford.
The Chaffee Reservoir in Westford has been drawn down and on Friday last
about sixteen hundred pickerel were taken out together with large
quantities of suckers and pouts. The other reservoir in Westford owned
by E.A. Buck and others is being drawn off and no doubt a larger quantity
of fish will be taken from that one.
D.O. Lombard of the firm of Lombard & Mathewson has gone into the
employ of the Consolidated Railroad as manager of the lumber department
and will make an able and efficient manager for the company as he has
been extensively engaged in the lumber business and is thoroughly acquainted
with all the details.
Quite a goodly number of people of the village of Warrenville met on
Saturday night at the residence of John Bliss to witness the opening
of a night blooming cereus which took place between 9 and 10 o'clock
in the evening and filled the house with its fragrance, this is the second
time this plant has bloomed this season.
The barn that was burned for Mr. Levey of Ashford has given rise to some
speculation. The statement that it was set afire by the party that had
his money stolen does not look right as he alleges that he was not in
a condition at the time to do it. As near as we learn the facts, all
hands were somewhat exhausted and none of them knew of the fire until
five head of cattle were burned to death in the yard.
1509. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Brooklyn.
A party of roughs from the brick yard entered the Brooklyn Hotel, while
the proprietor, Mr. Burdick, was absent, and smashed things generally
in the office and dining room. Constable Pond succeeded in making
arrests of one, a fellow by the name of Bennett and a colored chap
by the name of Wood was up to give information. Several others
are wanted and as soon as found will get justice done them.
The Baptists held their monthly Sabbath concert last Sunday eve. The
subject was temperance. The reading by Mr. I. Chapman was very interesting,
also the singing by the Misses Griggs. Everything passed off pleasantly.
1510. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Baltic.
Mr. Wm. C. Tucker, the faithful and efficient superintendent of the Ponemah
mills, was in town Friday, taking water marks at the Baltic dam.
Baltic had two weddings last Saturday night and one on Sunday. The nationalities
were Prussian Jews, Germans and French Canadians.
The two gentlemen of Baltic who, while taking a stroll up the west bank
of the Shetucket, chased a "pretty little black animal with a bushy
tail" into a hole in the wall and in attempting to pull him out
let go just as they thought a whole cayenne pepper had lodged in their
eyes, have just got out of the smoke house where they have been for
purification for several days.
1511. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Westford.
The Silos at the White Farm in Westford will be filled during the next
10 days, Farmers and others interested are invited to call.
1512. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: John Leary, an East Hartford
teamster was struck and killed by the Niantic special at 9:25 Friday
1513. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Born.
Bingham - In Willimantic Sept. 16, a son to Mr. and Mrs. W.H.H. Bingham.
Tilden - In Willimantic Sept. 13, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Tilden.
1514. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Died.
Lewis - In Packerville September 18, Prentice Lewis, aged 86 years.
1515. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Andover.
Business was brisk here on the N.Y. & N.E.R.R. last Wednesday. The
collision between two east bound freight trains which was mentioned in
last week's Chronicle occurred about 4 o'clock in the morning jut back
of Mr. Appleton Dorrance's house. The engine had its pilot and head light
smashed its smoke stack knocked off but otherwise was not damaged. The
caboose and two cars in front of it loaded with leather were burned.
Among the cars badly smashed was one loaded with lumber and another loaded
with corn. A car loaded with peaches was pushed out nearly at a right
angle from the track almost to the fence. Supervisor Geo. E. Daggett
was early on hand and took charge of the wreck, which was cleared up
about noon .The car load of corn was bought where it lay by B.E. Post
Esq. A considerable crowd of people gathered at the scene of the wreck
during the forenoon. About six o'clock the same day as a west bound freight
train was backing out form the side track two cars left the track an
fell over the bank. A brakeman was standing on one of them while it left
the track, but succeeded in getting onto the next car just in time to
save himself from going over with it. Both these car were loaded with
sugar and as about half of the barrels were smashed it made a very sweet
job of it.
Station Agent W.H. Matteson is to leave us this week and his place is
to be filled by Station Agent C.V. Wood, from Bolton.
Owing to the rain Monday evening the meeting to organize a Creamery Co.
was not held. It will probably be called again for next Monday evening.
The ladies society met with Mr. Ezra Post last Friday afternoon and was
Mrs. Geo. W. Loomis and her daughter Gertie from Kansas City are visiting
friends in town.
1516. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: K. William Sen. A Dane,
section man on the Consolidated road, was struck by an express train
near Berlin, Saturday, and instantly killed. He was at work on the
track at the time. He lived in Meriden.
1517. TWC Wed Sep 19, 1883: Wanted - a Young Lady who
is associated with Millinery and Fancy Goods, at Somers Bros.
1518. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: About Town.
John Tew, the well-known Church street blacksmith has sold his shop.
James Pilling has bought the shooting gallery in the
basement of Commercial block.
Flag walks are being laid fronting the property of the Catholic church
on Jackson street.
Messrs. Wm. Reynolds and D.P. Reed, have been appointed game wardens
for the town of Mansfield.
Holms, on Railroad street, received a bushel of scallops in the shell
from Niantic last Friday. Something unusual for this section.
Somebody shot a bullet through G.H. Alford's plate glass window in Commercial
block on Monday. The perpetrator has not yet been detected.
Ladies who are intending to exhibit fancy work at the fair are requested
to leave the same with H.C. Murray, chairman of the committee, as early
as possible. People wanting space in the exhibition building at the fair
grounds are requested to make immediate application to M.E. Lincoln,
and forward their entries as soon as possible.
The skating rink promises to be a popular resort again this season, it
having been on the opening night and last night quite well patronized.
It will be open Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening.
We are informed by Chief Engineer Billings that in all probability the
usual annual fireman's parade will not take place this year. In explanation
it is said that the department uniforms are in a very dilapidated condition.
C.M. Palmer & Co. are offering attractions to ladies in their fully
replenished stock of dry and fancy goods, dress trimmings etc. They have
all the novelties of the season in their line of trade. Read their new
W.L. Harrington & Co., the well-known and reliable clothiers, have
this fall as usual laid in a mammoth stock and offer unprecedented inducements
to customers. Their advertisement on another page sets the matter before
our readers in a very convincing manner.
1519. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Summit street is being
graded, a work which is demanded by public convenience, to keep pace
with the rapid growth of that section of the village. Meadow street
has been graded and is now in passable condition, and long-needed
repairs are being made on Jackson
street opposite the Parochial school.
1520. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: A.C. Kendall, general passenger
agent of the New York and New England railroad, has worked his way
responsible position by his ability alone, says an exchange having started
on the lowest round of the ladder as a newsboy on Boston and Albany railroad,
which will account in some measure for his considerate treatment of newspaper
men when an opportunity offers. He is every inch a gentleman.
1521. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Considering the very stormy
weather which prevailed on Monday evening there was a good audience
at the athletic
exhibition in Franklin hall. It was in every respect a very creditable
affair to those who took part, no rough or ungentlemanly conduct being
exhibited by the participants. The feature of the evening was the boxing
match between Prof. Bowman and David Corcoran.
1522. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Mr. R.L. Gilbert of Hebron
has just issued a catalogue descriptive of the Glendale herd of thoroughbred
Jersey cattle owned by him. The herd is composed of fourteen head,
said to be among the finest and most valuable in the country. Mr.
Gilbert, who is well
known in this section, entered into the raising of fancy stock but a
few years since and has made a gratifying success of the business. He
will make an exhibition at the Willimantic fair.
1523. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: The exterior of Mr. Hyde
Kingsley's new house on prospect street is nearly completed and the
spacious ground around it is being graded and when finished will
be very handsome. It will be one of the finest and most costly residences
in town. The Chronicle wishes Mr. Kingsley perfect restoration to
health and a long life in which to enjoy the luxury of so fine a
home. Mr. Jerome B. Baldwin's new house, just east of Mr. K's is
also nearly completed and will also be a very fine and attractive
residence. Prospect street is fast becoming the avenue of fine residences.
1524. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: H.T. Kollock is building
an addition to his store opposite the Revere House. It is of wood
and the court of burgesses objected to its being built and threatened
to enjoin him from carrying out his plans, but when it was made clear
that one of the board had violated the ordinance relative to erecting
wooden building within fire limits, without so much as applying to
the authorities for permission, the injunction business was not pressed
very hard. On the whole the present court of burgesses has not fulfilled
our expectations of them for the past year. The Chronicle has refrained
from criticizing its actions from time to time from the fact that
we entertained the highest opinion of the character and good intention
of some of its members, and were confident that theirs would be the
ruling spirit. The policy seems to be not to serve the interests
of the entire borough, but a certain few, which is not good public
policy. The minority may have wished it otherwise but if so their
wishes have not been heeded, as they surely have not been carried
out. It seems to be the general opinion that the board is controlled
from without - by the Ring. The Chronicle recommends a change for
1525. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: The Prohibitionists at
their caucus at No. 4 Bank building Monday evening nominated the
following candidates for town officers: selectmen - Joseph A. Leis,
George Lathrop Assessors - Frank H. Blish, Marvin Burnham. Board
oof Relief - Orange S. Perkins, Joel Fox. Town Clerk - George Smith.
Registrar births, deaths, and marriages - George Smith. Grand Jurors
- Joel Fox, Wm. Dodge, J.H. Conant, Elizur F. Reed, George Lathrop,
Clark O. Terry. Constables - Wm. H. Burlingham, Clark O. Terry, Jesse
Penrie, Thos. H. Green, Geo. Lathrop, Elizur F.
Reed, William D. Pember. Collectors - Wm. H. Burlingham, Geo. Lathrop.
Treasurer Town deposit fund - George Smith. School visitors - Geo. W.
Holman, Joseph L. Barlow. Registrar of Voters - Willard D. Pember. Auditor
- John H. Conant.
1526. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: A correspondent writing
from the Spiritualist camp meeting at Niantic on a recent date among
other incident of a similar nature related the following: "One
more, and that will do for to-day. Mr. James E. Hayden, of Willimantic,
one of the officers of this association, related to me this evening
this funny little manifestation: He was sitting in his home one day,
when he suddenly noticed a neighbor's dog sitting at his right hand,
close to his chair. This dog had died not long previously. He said
to his wife: "Why, here is Mr. A's dog!" Just then his
own little dog, "Prim" - named after Gen. Prim, of the
Mexican army - came into the room, and suddenly, seeming to have
discovered something, he walked up to Mr. H's chair, squeezed himself
between the chair and his master's legs, as if for protection - then
thrusting his head out, and with his ears pointed forward, looked
long and intently on the spot where Mr. H. had seen his neighbor's
dog. The tips of Prim's ears were charged with expression and intelligence
as he gazed at his spirit friend. Who can dispute that dogs have
1527. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Brooklyn.
While returning from church last Sabbath Miss Emily Brown stopped her
horse to speak to a child on the side-walk, another team in passing
locked wheels, and the horses becoming unmanageable Miss Brown's
team was upset. Fortunately no one was injured.
Mr. Pogson will deliver a lecture in the Town hall Friday eve Sept. 28.
1528. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Mansfield.
White and Vinton's steam saw mill has so decimated the forests in this
vicinity that wild game has had to seek shelter in less secure
places. There are but few burrows now left for the gray squirrel
whose safe retreat has heretofore been in some hollow tree which
has now been fallen and their only protection now seems to be in
the law. The selectmen have appointed wardens to enforce the law
and it will not be well for any party to be found with gun in hand
crossing any fields as that is an evidence that they are there
for the purpose of hunting whether game is found on them or not.
Sportsmen had better bear in mind that they have no right to hunt
on lands not their own at any time of the year and that the law
will be vigorously enforced.
Mr. Isaac W. Storrs has leased his farm and will go west for a while
and live with his daughter Mrs. Dr. Cotton. He keenly feels the loss
of his beloved wife with whom he had lived for many years pleasantly
enjoying life together.
Mr. Albert Bosworth has taken a boarding house at Hop River and moved
his family there. He has engaged to work by the month for Mr. Jillson
and his wife will take care of boarders.
A man by name Burrows stabbed Peter Porcine in the neck Monday afternoon
from which he died soon after. Peter was a fine fellow and generally
inoffensive. No arrest has been made.
1529. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Columbia.
Daniel Tucker and wife drove from Columbia to Point Judith in one day
repeating the same on their return visiting Mrs. Mary Tucker at
LaFayette Brown of Westchester has been in town for a few days.
A young miss from New Haven seeing some oxen with nosebaskets on said
to her cousin "O let us keep away from those oxen they must be so
ugly as they are muzzled."
Mrs. Strickland, our mail carrier, visited friends in New London last
Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Lord from Windsor are the guests of Mrs. Charles
Several families from this place visited the Linen mill last Thursday.
Prof. Jewett is in town pursuing his usual avocation.
Henry Lyman of Woonsocket is in town looking after matters pertaining
to his farm and bargaining for the sale of the same.
People were disappointed on attending church last Sabbath in not having
the Rev. John Avery who was announced to occupy the pulpit but who sent
a telegram that he was detained by a funeral that he was not expected
Mrs. Palmer Tucker has been in Lynn for several weeks at an institution
for the removal of cancers. Has been successfully treated and is expected
home in a couple of weeks.
Wm. P. Robertson of Hartford was in town over the Sabbath.
Rev. F.D. Avery is expected home this week.
W.H. Yeomans is engaged to have the charge of making the entries at the
coming fair of the Willimantic Fair Association. Persons in this vicinity
intending to make exhibits would do well to hand in a list of their articles
1530. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Chaplin.
There is a town not many miles from the capital which has had a succession
of visits from burglars during the summer so that the people have
become very nervous in consequence, and several gentlemen volunteered
to watch during the night in turn. One of these was the Rev. -------.
During the night it occurred to him that two ladies on the street
had been unable to sleep from fear, so thinking it might set their
minds at rest he range the bell intending to tell them that he
would watch the house. A similar thought had also occurred to the
ladies' brother and he was already in the house. Hearing the person
step, he rushed for his gun and in his hurry tripped and discharged
it shooting off the leg of a chair, injuring some other furniture
and eliciting some very lively screams from the dominie. After
a while order was restored and explanations ensued, but we have
not heard whether the ladies slept any better for being guarded.
The poem which appeared in your issued of Sept. 12th, from the pen of
Mr. Anthony is a singular instance of the fact that little minds as well
as great ones run in the same channel. By consulting the Putnam Sunbean
of the first week in July a poem is found from the pen of J.M. r=Robbins
of Chaplin read at the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Fuller of
Hampton of which six verses are the same or nearly so. As the authors
have no acquaintance the fact is a singular one, and we commend it to
those persons who like to investigate mental phenomena of various kinds.
A gentleman has sent her the paper marked Ecclesiastes 2 18 19.
Mrs. Mary Porter of Manchester is in town the guest of her brother.
H.S. Robbins has been visiting friends in New Britain and Manchester.
Our schools have all commenced but one with the old teachers.
1531. TWC Wed Sep 26. 1883: Married.
Powell - Brown - In Lebanon, Sept. 23, by Rev. D.P. Leavitt, Mr. Albert
H. Powell of Columbia, to Miss Nellie Brown of Lebanon.
1532. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Died.
Parker - In Brooklyn, L.I. Sept. 32 [sic], of miasma, John H. Jr., son
of John H. and Annie M. Parker, aged 6 months and 20 days.
Rainville - In Eagleville, Sept 26, Adelaide Rainville, aged 36.
Ticknor - In Lebanon, Sept. 22, Lucy Ticknor, age 74.
1533. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: About one hundred prisoners
in the Connecticut State Prison at Wethersfield were poisoned, it
is believed by canned meat.
1534. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Hebron.
Hebron has a sensation, a prominent one, one that attracts attention,
pleases the gossip mongers, is a staple theme for conversation,
one that like Banquo's ghost will not down, but phoenix like rises
from the ashes of last week's conversational fires and challenges
all the best feelings of charitable thought on the one hand and
pity on the other. The Rev. Mr. Cutler, a young man ordained to
the ministry and installed pastor of the Congregational church
in this place but recently has seen fit or deemed it his duty to
preach upon several occasions against the divorce laws of the state,
making vigorous attacks at every vulnerable point and condemning
the law as a whole, denouncing it as unscriptured, ungodly, and
pernicious, and on more than one occasion has stated that no divorced
man or woman had any moral right to marry again or ever to live
as man and wife again even if lawfully married to another man or
woman, if the first be alive, it being according to his rendition
of the scriptures. Adultery. Some two weeks since he took up the
same theme and made a personal application, pointing out with precision
the particular person at whom his denunciations and epithets were
hurled, calling him polygamist adulterer and unfit to be within
the pale of the church with wife No. 1 sitting here at the right
and wife No. 2, there at the left, a man who had been high in office
- having held the office of sheriff in an adjoining county - knew
something of the law, and held some official position in the church
or society, thus pointing him out so plainly that every one knew
who he meant. How to tar the Rev. has been urged to such a course
he does not say but there are those who think that his credulity
has led him to succumb to an undue influence and thus his zeal
has run away with his better judgement. His course in the matter
has produced a profound sensation among the members of his church
as well as those most interested. Mr. Fillmore the aggrieved party
has lived in the town several years, is a member of the church,
in good standing being
considered an upright conscientious citizen and his wife No. 2 - lawfully
so - is a native of the town, well known and well connected, and they
with her relatives - many if not all of them members of the same church
- feel the matter severely. Mr. F. copied the last quarters salary of
Mr. Cutler and proposes to institute a suit for slander with damages
laid at $5000 unless the matter is settled or compromised soon. An effort
has been made by prominent members of the church to reconcile matters
between the two and may possibly be successful, but whether successful
or not the Rev. has outlived his usefulness in this place, if he ever
had any, and like the star of enterprise had better "westward make
his way" and constitute himself a missionary among the Mormons where
he will find plenty of polygamists upon whom to vent and air his pet
The drought is very severe in this section many f the farmers being short
of pasture feed for their cattle, some, being compelled to fodder as
in winter. Turner's silk mill has been obliged to suspend operations
for want of water. North pond from which the supply is drawn being extremely
low, in fact as low if not lower than ever before and it is a natural
pond fed by springs with but little shedwater, and when full is quite
a large deep body of water. Columbia reservoir is also very low, not
having been any lower but once, since the dam was built.
Last Saturday night some one visited the peach orchard of Mr. James Townsend
on Post Aill [sic] and relieved him of the trouble of picking some two
bushels of his best peaches and team that took them away was tracked
some two miles or more by Mr. T. Pity the thief or thieves could not
be caught and dealt with.
1535. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Baltic.
Henry Buteau has bought of his heirs the Frank Burdick estate for $2,500.
he intends putting up a mansion house on the corner just opposite
Beaver brook bridge.
1536. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Andover.
Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Fitch were in town Thursday and Friday of last week,
making calls on their many friends here.
Mr. F.J. Bingham, started for his home in Cleveland, Ohio, Monday morning,
accompanied by Mr. R.W. Post who goes out to visit his brother, Mr. J.H.
Mr. Walter Jones who was here some time ago, has finally returned from
Virginia with his family and has again taken up his residence here, in
his old native town.
The Rev. Mr. Fisher from Hartford Theological Seminary occupied the sacred
desk at the Congregational church last Sunday.
School committees have been chosen as follows: N.E. district, C.L. Backus,
S.E. district C.B. Stearns, S.W. district C.F. Baker.
1537. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Notice - This is to forbid
anyone trusting any person or persons on my account after this date
without a written order from me. Charles A. Young. Willimantic, Conn.,
Sept. 18, 1883.
1538. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: A Card. Thanking the people
of Windham county and vicinity for their very liberal patronage in
the past year we shall strive to make a continuation of the same
for their interest. Assuring them that we shall in the future endeavor
by honest and square dealings and low prices to merit their favor.
Respectfully yours, Boston
& Willimantic Clothing Co. W. R. Stetson, Manager.
1539. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Mrs. R.G. Stokes 13 Dwight
street New Haven, gets twenty yards of elegant Black Silk from Davis
1540. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Isaac French, aged 68 years,
of Falls Village, in Litchfield county, was awakened at midnight
on Monday, by a
peculiar noise. He arose from his bed and went out and closed a woodhouse
door. In passing back through the kitchen he was attacked from behind,
and a severe blow laid his head open. He fell and was struck several
blows while he lay on the floor. His wife came to his assistance and
she was struck down by her husband's assailant, who afterwards escaped.
Hiram Bishop, a dissolute character of the place, has been arrested and
bound over under $5,000 bonds for the assault. Mrs. French identified
Bishop of [mean as?] her assailant. Bishop has been employed during the
summer by Mr. French. The object of the assault cannot be understood.
1541. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: A Stratford woman dreamed
that she saw her husband kissing a certain neighbor's wife, and she
awoke and struck him across the face and broke his nose. Man is nowhere
safe. (Norwalk Republican)
1542. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Frank T. Dole and James
L. Howard, of New Haven, will run a half-mile foot race at the Meriden
Trotting Park on
Tuesday, September 25, for $150 a side.
1543. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: A body, believed to be
that of David Murphy of Roxbury, was found floating in Bridgeport
1544. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: William Rockfeller's team,
Cleora and Independence, driven by J.P. Gilbert, trotted at Charter
Oak park, Saturday afternoon, to beat 2.18 on a private wager. The
mile was made in 2.17. Quarters: 34, 35 1-4, 35 1-4, 22 1-2.
1545. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Thomas Chappel, a miner
employed at Ore Hill, Salisbury, ignited the fuse of a blast, Friday,
and then attempted to climb up through a hole to the drift above.
He slipped back just as the blast discharged and he was fatally injured.
1546. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: About $1,000 was raised
in the brigade and about $75 contributed by the guests of the Merton
house at Niantic for Private Clark of the battery, the victim of
the accident in the fight at Flanders. He was removed to the New
Haven hospital Friday.
1547. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Several sensational papers
have published pictures of Rose Clark Ambler, the murdered Stratford
woman. There's nothing attractive or interesting about it. Her forehead
is hidden beneath a profusion of flat curls whose artificial origin
is plainly evident even in the wood cut.
1548. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Gov. Jarvis, of North Carolina,
accompanied by his wife and Mrs. Stonewall Jackson and daughter,
arrived in New Haven Saturday evening. They were met at the depot
by ex-Gov. Bigelow and Gen. E.S. Greeley. The governor, and wife
are the guests of Gov. Bigelow, and Mrs. Jackson and daughter will
be entertained by Gen. Greeley during their stay.
1549. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: A hack team belonging to
Barker & Ransom's stables broke from a hitching post in Hamden,
Thursday evening, and, breaking loose from the carriage ran until
they went off the bank into West river. Had it been light their horse
sense would probably have told them to swim to the opposite bank
but it was pitch dark and they began swimming against the stream.
They kept on swimming until they had gone nearly half a mile. Then
some one living in the vicinity discovered them, a strong volunteer
force turned out and after considerable effort the animals were got
safely to land. They were in a very exhausted condition but apart
from that did not appear to be any the worse for their long swim.
1550. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: H.W. Elliot of North Guilford
has near his home two chestnut trees that yield ripe nuts considerably
in advance of any other trees in the town. Ripe chestnuts always
fall from them by September 16th and considerable numbers were had
last week the yield being somewhat earlier than usual.
1551. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Friday evening and Sandy
Hook in Newtown, a man by the name of Sullivan, foreman over a gang
of Italian laborers, employed on the New England railway, fell from
a passenger train a distance of from thirty to forty feet striking
in the highway underneath the bridge near the station. He was terribly
mangled, but at last accounts was living. Less than three months
ago, Sullivan received severe injuries in a collision of trains at
1552. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Charles Williams of Durham
drove into Wallingford with a worn-out horse that fell down when
he stopped before a saloon. He gave the animal a terrible beating,
but the horse was so weak he could not be made to rise until lifted
by the bystanders. Williams was arrested and fined $5 and costs amounting
in all to $17.39.
1553. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: According to the East Canaan
correspondence of the Winsted Herald there is touch of religious
warfare in that town.
He says that for some time the Catholics have been in the majority in
the East Canaan district. A Catholic was elected committeeman. Catholic
teachers were employed and the Catholic catechism taught. This year the
Protestants came to the school meeting in full force and by a small majority
elected their man and Protestant teachers have been employed. This has
so provoked some of the Catholics that they have boycotted the
East Canaan merchants.
1554. TWC Wed Sep 26, 1883: Somebody has discovered
"an innocent German count in the state prison" at Wethersfield. He
is in for forgery, and he writes to the German minister at Washington complaining
of his wrongs asserting his innocence and urging interference, ,to at least
his condition by getting him assigned to lighter work - otherwise he
will commit hair kari. He adds that he can speak in eight languages.
Another prisoner, thirty years [ ], under Warden Pillsbury asked to be
assigned to light office work as he was educated and "could speak
"We don't speak but one language here," was the stern answer and
d--- little of that."