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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1884
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.
Chronicle, September 1884:
The Willimantic Chronicle September 1884:
1405. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: About Town.
Miss Ella Gates is spending a month's vacation at her home in Hampton.
Miss Maria J. Colby, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is visiting relatives in town.
Miss Nellie F. Carroll, who has been visiting in town for two weeks returned to her home in Providence, Saturday.
Mrs. W.S. Howland, wife of Lieut. Howland of Milwaukee, is spending a few days with her uncle, William Gates of Hampton.
A.S. Turner has bought a house and lot in Sodom of Robert Knoff.
A new fence has been built between the town building and the silk mill on Church street, shutting out some pedestrians who were in the habit of crossing there.
Our thanks are due Mrs. Joel Fox, B.D. Crandall, George Lincoln and A.T. Fowler for contributions of fine pears of her own raising.
1406. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Windham lost one of her oldest inhabitants Friday morning in the death of Alfred Avery, who died at the residence of his granddaughter, Mrs. Thomas Bliven, at Windham Centre. He has lived in this part of Windham county for his entire life and died at the ripe old age of ninety.
1407. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: John Babcock of So. Windham, hands us a specimen of Alsike clover which is a new variety in this vicinity. The blossom is similar to that of white clover except that it has more color, while the stalk is finer than the red clover and is said to be superior fodder for all kinds of stock.
1408. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: A St. John and Daniels club has been organized in this village by appointing G.B. Abbott President, Joel Fox vice-president. John G. Mitchell secretary and treasurer. Meeting next Friday evening at No. 4 Bank Building. Good speaking may be expected. The public invited.
1409. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Services will be held in
St. Paul's Mission chapel
1410. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: The boys are having a picnic with the peach trains now-a-days. The shocking accidents that have happened here to boys engaged in this business seem to have no terrors for the peach hungry youth.
1411. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: The following bills were ordered paid by the court of Burgesses at their regular monthly meeting last Monday evening and no other business was transacted: labor bill month of August, $570.85; J.M. Alpaugh salary, $62.50; police force salary $186; S.A. Comins, paving, $9.06; W.B. Berry & Co., repairing lamp burners $8; John Hickey supplies fire department $2.04; Durkee, Stiles & Co., gasoline, $57.93; Willimantic Gas Co., $1; C. Whittaker, oiling hydrants $1.75; G.H. Alford supplies, $7.12; Burnham & Chesboro, supplies, $19.90; J.D. Willis, police services, $4; Killourey Bros, lighting street lamps $66.50. Voted to adjourn one week.
1412. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: There was a large attendance at the dedication of the new high school building in district No. 1 Monday afternoon. The new school building room was packed. The programme included the address of E.B. Sumner Esq. Of the building committee, transferring the building to the committeeman, C.E. Carpenter, and his reply; an address by Principal Merill; one by Secretary Hine; and a history of the district from its start in 1826 to the present time, which was read by Miss Mary Phillips. After the exercises the visitors spent a pleasant hour in looking over the school building and then dispersed well satisfied with their new educational accommodations. There will be a graduating class this year for the first time. The prospects now are that seven pupils will take diplomas.
1413. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: At about 8 o'clock Sunday morning, Walter L. P Patnode, thirteen years of age, accompanied by Fred Walden and Frank Phillips went in bathing at a favorite resort called "the eel weir" one eighth of a mile above the Windham company's mill. While wading he got beyond his depth and being unable to swim, sank. His companions called loudly for assistance, James Young and others ran to the scene of the accident and at once began diving for the boy. The muddy and swollen condition of the stream prevented the recovery of the remains until 11 a.m. The local medical examiner got in the necessary work for his fees, and after hearing the testimony, deemed an inquest unnecessary, and the body was turned over to his parents for burial. The case is an unusually sad one, the parents having lost an infant a few weeks ago.
1414. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Temperance. The meeting of the United Temperance Workers was called to order on Sunday last by Mr. Levi A. Frink, the chairman of the executive committee and after a prayer by Deacon Hawkins, Mr. Frink spoke at considerable length in regard to the duty of the temperance people in this vicinity, the coming election and also proposed the following resolutions, which will be again brought up next Sunday and if approved of by those interested in the cause of temperance, will be acted upon.
1. Resolved, That the president, secretary and executive committee of the United Temperance Workers do appoint a suitable number of persons in each school district in the town of Windham, to canvas and enumerate all voters who are or may be inclined to vote for No License at the coming October town meeting. 2. Resolved, That in case of a major vote for No License the U.T. Workers shall use all honorable means to enforce the law for the suppression of intemperance within the town of Windham.
1415. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: The handsomest string of pickerel we have seen this season was brought to town Monday by Ezra Knowlton of this village, a catch he made at the famous reservoir of Edwin Knowlton in West Ashford. He exhibited Eleven of them in the store of Clark & Moriarty the largest one of which measured 22 inches and the shortest 15 inches and they attracted much attention.
1416. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Natchaug school opened Monday with the usual number of attendants notwithstanding the wholesale change of instructors. The high school registered forty the first day, which number has since been increased. All the examination papers had been mislaid and nothing was found to establish the standing of scholars so the new principal will not have the advantage of this information but will have to begin at the beginning and build as he goes. Let all friends of the school give it a boost.
1417. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: The opera house barer shop has collapsed. Henry Nungasser who had bargained for it could not see his way clear to make it a successful business undertaking and he withdrew. The shop went back into the hands of Mr. Happ and he concluded to discontinue it. It was one of the largest and finest barber shops in the state and had a very liberal patronage, but the town is not large enough to support a business of that kind where five chairs are run. Mr. Happ must be a heavy loser for it is understood that he paid about $1700 for the place.
1418. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Hotel Commercial has changed hands. W.H. Kingman & Co., of Springfield will succeed A.A. Burnham as proprietors. They have been engaged in the hotel business for a number of years in that city, and enjoy a flattering reputation among the traveling public. The hotel we understand will be run in much the same way as heretofore. They take possession Saturday. Mr. Burnham goes from here to Norwich, but has no other business enterprise in contemplation. He is both a genial neighbor and good citizen and has made many friends during his four years residence in this village.
1419. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Our well-known republican registrar and rumor says future representative is in luck. John G. Keigwin received a note from one of our leading jewelers, not long since, desiring him to call for a package which was let with him for Mr. K. Imagine his surprise at finding himself the recipient of a magnificent gold-headed cane, appropriately engraved with the following inscription: "Presented to John G. Keigwin." It was a total surprise to him and now he is making a diligent search for the author of so much generosity and thinks he has a clue.
1420. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: The superior court came in according to adjournment Tuesday morning. Following is the jury list drawn for this term, but their services were not needed and they were discharged: - Brooklyn, Geo. Brown, Martin W. Crosby;; Hampton, George M. Holt, John R. Tweedy; Killingly, Charles S. Hawkins, Charles A. Russell, Fenner Burlingame, Albert W. Greenslitt; Putnam, John O. Fox, Thomas P. Leonard; Plainfield, Caleb T. Bishop, Elisha P. Hale, Henry S. Newton, William A. Lester; Woodstock, Henry T. Child, Edwin K. Chamberlain, John M. Paine, Albert C. Chandler. The divorce case of Smith vs. Smith was brought up and a decree of divorce granted the husband on account of his wife's desertion. There were several cases for damages done by the N.Y. & N.E. railroad locomotives setting fire to the woods near their line. They were
settled by the railroad company paying damages. John G. Mitchell was naturalized. Gleason was sentenced to two years in state prison for horse stealing in Ashford. The case of Bliven vs. Willimantic will occupy the court to-day. Damages are claimed by Bliven because of a fall from an offset on Walnut street that was not properly guarded.
1421. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Police Notes: - On Monday last Sheriff Pomeroy arrested Joseph Avery a hackman, and brought him before Justice Sumner on complaint of the Methodist campmeeting association. Avery was charged with breach of the peace last Sunday, in attempting to drive his team on the camp ground without paying the license demanded by the association. He was also charged with assault in resisting camp officers Pimer and Walters and using abusive language toward them. Justice Sumner after hearing the prosecutor's plea, adjourned the case until Monday next, when the defence will be heard and his Honor give his decision. J.L. Hunter for defence; Huber Clark for state.
Avery was placed under $50 bond in each case for his appearance next Monday.
Bonds were furnished.
1422. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Rev. E.P. Leavitt will preach in North Windham next Sunday at 10:30.
1423. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: South Coventry.
Hon. James Huntington and family of Woodbury have been recreating in town and the judge's friends are always pleased to greet him. Rev. F.E. and Mrs. Jenkins hold a reception at the parsonage this evening the people of this charge being generally invited.
Brigham Payne and family and Judge G.W. West of Rockville
spent last week on the upper island in Lake Wangambaug. All seemed
to enjoy themselves the younger portion of the company as well as
the older ones ad they received a umber of calls from Rockville people
and others while in camp. Fishing don't seem to No 1 at present so
in that our visitors were probably disappointed.
Mrs. Arthur Olmstead of East Hartford has been the guest of her Uncle Dwight Clark.\
1424. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Columbia.
Miss Frances Manney of Winchester, Mass. and Miss Anna Smith of New York have been for several weeks guests at the parsonage with their cousin Miss Julia Avery who returned Saturday to her school in Brockton, Mass. Mrs. Randolph a friend of these young ladies made them a short visit on her return from the White Mountains.
Mrs. Chas. A. and Miss Lizzie Post of Hartford were in town Thursday and Friday with their relatives and friends.
Mrs. Rev. James K. Hazen and family intend to return to Richmond the 13th inst. Schools in that city commencing the 15th.
Misses Sawyer and Hutchins have returned to Rockville and entered upon their labors as teachers.
Miss Eunice King Hazen is visiting a friend in Agawan.
Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Frink, Mr. Geo. B. Fuller and daughters, Messrs. Bascom and Edmunds are in camp at Niantic this week.
Miss Georgiana Downer is in Hartford with her sister Mrs. W.P. Robertson.
Rev. F.D. Avery and Rev. Mr. Parmelee of Exeter occupied each other's pulpits last Sabbath.
Carlos Collins has cleared the roadside adjoining his large pasture of bushes, which is a decided improvement to the appearance of the highway while his neatly kept pastures and his fine alderney cows prove that it pays to mow bushes.
Dr. O.B. Lyman of Hartford was in town last week calling upon friends and enjoying the hospitality of his brothers and sisters.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clark and Mrs. Silas Holbrook have been attending the Faith National Camp meeting in New Hampshire.
S.L. Downer, S.F. Tucker and A. Frink are at camp this week with Webb supplying the wants of the inner man and those who are fed at their tables will readily perceive they know what their business is and attend to it like good soldiers.
Jonathan Tucker who now resides at Point Judith is in town for a few days.
Miss Mary Bascom is recreating with friends in New London.
Miss Lillian J. Fuller commences teaching next week in So. Coventry in the Colman district.
1425. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: North Windham.
Now here is a warning to little boys who have been allowed to go up the river in boats which has been of almost daily occurrence. Charlie Brookman a grandson of Mrs. Waldo Lyon, and with whom he lives, was fishing a few days since from a boat in company with a larger boy. By some misstep Charlie fell overboard but the other boy was so intent on a bite that he heard no splashing of the water. Mr. Bowen who happened to be in another boat at a distance, saw a commotion in the water and shouted rousing Patrick in time to catch Charlie by the hair as he was going down the last time. Charlie says he could not scream for his mouth did not come out of the water at all. Truly a narrow escape from drowning.
Mrs. H.T. Snow of Meriden is visiting Mrs. Sumner Lincoln for a few days.
1426. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Andover.
Mrs. A.C. Brown died Tuesday morning Aug. 26, and the funeral was attended Friday afternoon. Notwithstanding the pouring rain a large number of our citizens were present showing to some extent the esteem in which Mrs. Brown was held in this community. She was always ready to help along every good work; and was particularly ready to help and cheer in times of sickness and distress. Her age was 43. She left no children. This brings to mind the fact that every lot in our cemetery is taken but one and a petition has been circulated the past week for the calling of a meeting of the First Ecclesiastical society to see if anything can be done to enlarge the yard. Some think it would be better for the town to establish a new one.
The new bell has arrived and is to be hung this week and quite likely will make itself heard before this reaches your readers. It weighs 1000 pounds and has on it this inscription: "Presented to the First Ecclesiastical Society by the Helping Hands." Mr. Reed is now making good progress with the repairs on the inside of the church.
The democrats held their caucus Wednesday evening and elected the following delegates: State, M.P. Yeomans, J.H. Marsh. Congressional, Edward Thurber, J.H. Arnold, Probate, Wm. Babcock, L.C. Webster, L.D. Post, J.A. Bingham. The democrats will raise a Cleveland and Hendricks flag about the middle of September.
The Rev. Mr. Clark of Springfield, Mass., a brother-in-law of Dea. T.C. P.
Hyde has conducted services for the Congregationalists the last two Sundays.
Miss Florence Mattindale is in town the guest of her aunt Mrs. M.S. Button.
1427. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Lebanon.
Mrs. Newcomb, a celebrated teacher, from New Haven, is visiting the family of Wm. R. Gay Esq. A class of young ladies has been formed to whom Mrs. Newcomb is giving instruction in a kind of fancy work, known as the "Kensington stitch." The Lebanon grange, an institution that has come up among us with mushroom rapidity and still growing like Jack's bean stalk, has decided to erect a building upon the premises of Asher P. Smith, to be used as a hall and as large upon the ground nearly as the Tower of Babel but not as high. If a confusion of tongues or other calamity does not interrupt the work it will be completed before cold weather. Mr. Loren F. Brooks has engaged to build the cellar wall and set the under pinning. This insures a good and substantial foundation whatever the superstructure may be.
The annual "Nye picnic" and family gathering took place at the residence of Dea. Benjamin Nye on Exeter Heights, Thursday, Aug. 21. Over two hundred relatives and friends of the family of every age from zero as it were, up to the allotted three-score years and ten including representatives from all the adjoining towns were present and took part in the festivities of the occasion. The day, beautiful and breezy was just what the deacon had specially requested to be provided and all that could have been desired. The tables spread in the shade of row of stately maples in front of the house under the efficient supervision of Miss Sarah Nye, assisted by her "sisters, her cousins, and her aunts," were most beautifully and tastefully arranged and heavily loaded. There was no "literal groaning" with the burden of good things upon them as is not infrequently noted under similar circumstances it being much easier and more natural to grin than to groan at a "Nye picnic." Another noticeable feature was the artistically constructed bouquets with which the tables were ornamented, one of which the choicest of the collection - a genuine prize package - we are pleased to observe, still retains its beauty and fragrance. Some fifteen member of the Lebanon brass band in their bright new uniforms, were present and under the leadership of Mr. O.C. Tucker, discoursed a pleasing variety of most excellent music in a manner highly creditable to themselves and fully appreciated by those whose pleasure it was to listen. The deacon whose ailment has kept him confined to the house most of the time during the summer was thoroughly alive to the situation and as nearly ubiquitous as the effects from a severe struggle with the rheumatism would allow. In a characteristic speech of five minutes, saying more in that time than the most expert short hand reporter could take down in half an hour, he gave his neighbors and friends an enthusiastic greeting and a hearty old-fashioned Rhode Island welcome. After the repast had been served which consisted of three caldron kettles of clam chowder; prepared by George Nye after the most approved regulation pattern and coffee and cake of great and tempting variety, enough to make one wish for the capacity of the celebrated Daniel Lambert of gastronomic memory, the intellectual exercises were begun and proceeded with, first, a speech by the deacon, which is always in order in his indescribable style and high treble voice was attentively listened to and applauded to the echo. The Rev. Mr. Parmelee followed in some quite extended remarks that were both apt and applicable. Mr. Charles A. Carpenter formerly of Exeter but since of Bloomington, Ill., spoke interestingly of the great empire state of the West. Dea. S.P. Abell and others also made remarks. Quite a pleasing part of the proceedings were the recitations by Masters Frank Spaulding, Allemont Nye, Johnnie Spafard, and Georgie Briggs. A song was very prettily sung by Miss Jennie E. Nye, accompanying herself on the organ. An instrumental piece by Miss Lena A. Loomis the banjo expert and musical prodigy, and the singing of several pieces bye the Exeter choir concluded this part of the day's entertainment. The deacon's appeal in behalf of the band was inimitable and resulted in a generous sum being realized. While counseling the band boys in a fatherly way to avoid all improper places and situations he charged them earnestly to put in an appearance with full ranks and fail not whenever it should be announced the "Ben Nye" was to have a picnic. The sun was low when the people reluctantly began to turn their faces homeward. "This bests 'em all." "A jolly good time" "The best of the season" were a few of the many expressions of delight and satisfaction that were heard, and all took their departure hoping that Dea. "Ben Nye" his good wife and family would live to enjoy many returns of the day which to them had been an exceedingly pleasant and enjoyable occasion.
1428. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Died.
Grady - In this village August 27th, Annie, daughter of Michael Grady; aged 6 months.
Patnode - In this village Aug. 31, Walter L. Patnode; aged 13 years 7 months.
Herrick - In this village Sept. 1, Freddie L. son of Norton L. and Nellie Herrick; aged 3 months, 20 days.
Dwight - In Windham Aug. 28, Ann Bartle Dwight; aged 86 years.
Case - In Lebanon August 31, Sophia Case, aged 70 years.
1429. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Robert H. Smith the editor of the Newtown Bee which paper is now sued, for libel by James A. Wilson, was formerly on the editorial staff of the Waterbury American and the Springfield Republican. While on the American he was fined $75 for contempt of court in criticizing the decisions of Judge Boughton. As he was opposed on principle to paying the fine he went to New Haven jail, where he remained over a Sunday. He is still unterrified by Mr. Wilson's suit and attachment.
1430. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Joseph Harrison, who lives at Waramaug lake, claims to have entirely lived on milk since January 1st. He is in great demand by visitors when he instructs in the mysteries of fishing at the lake and supplies with tackle, bait and conversation. For the latter purpose this alleged abstinence from solid food is particularly useful.
1431. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Bernard Coughlin of Bridgeport fell from a ladder Saturday afternoon and broke a collar bone and three ribs. One of the broken ribs pierced his lung and the injury may prove fatal.
1432. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Edmund Doland of West Stratford was found dead Sunday evening in a lot behind the Bridgeport horse railroad dept. He was subject to hemorrhages and had gone out to visit a doctor when he was attacked with a turn of bleeding and apparently died almost instantly.
1433. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: The man Albert Lee who was arrested for stealing $100 from C.D. Mitchel of Niantic, was discharged because it appeared that the justice made out the complaint as well as the warrant. He left at once for New Haven but has been rearrested on a new complaint.
1434. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Daniel Griffin of Springfield went to Bridgeport on Saturday to visit a relative. He went in bathing in the afternoon and was taken ill on coming out and died Sunday morning.
1435. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: George Brown of Bridgeport who removed to Florida some months ago was caught in the shafting at a mill there a few days ago and one leg was almost torn from his body. He died in half an hour.
1436. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: The New Haven Union says "Miss Minnie Gourley daughter of M.M. Gourley of 28 Spring street is perhaps the largest girl for her age in this city, weighing about 300 pounds. She is thirteen years old, is bright, intelligent and enjoys the best of health. Up to her fifth year she was only the usual size; at 10 she weighed 180 pounds, and has since refused to step on the scales.
1437. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Warrenville.
Rev. C.N. Nichols late pastor here will preach in this place on the second Sabbath of this month. Services 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
1438. TWC Wed Sep 3, 1884: Public Auction. Will be sold at Public Auction at the Windham hotel Windham Centre. Thursday, September 11th, 1884 at 2 o'clock p.m. 1 Horse, 1 Top Carriage, 1 Open Buggy, 1 Business wagon, 1 Farm Wagon, 2 Sleighs, r Harnesses, Whips, Halters, Office and Bar room Furniture, Etc., Etc. Sold to settle the estate of Benj. S. Wilbur deceased. Annie C. Wilbur, Administratrix. Samuel B. Lyman, Auctioneer. Dated at Windham Sept. 3rd 1884.
1439. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: About Town.
A new stairway has been put in between Union and Bassett block.
John D. Capen of New York City is in town on a visit to his father.
The northwestern sky was brilliant with heat lightning Monday evening.
The Kimball sawmill in Scotland which was burned some time ago is to be rebuilt at once.
Miss Emma L. Aldrich will resume her music lessons in Willimantic, the 29th. See adv't.
Palmer Green hands us a sunflower forty-two inches in circumference. Who can beat it?
Gone from our gaze - the dilapidated old band stand on Johnson's lot. It was removed Saturday evening.
Rev. W.S. Kelsey pastor of the Congregational church of Windham is quite ill with typhoid fever.
The small boy is in fine feather just now on account of the nightly parade of an itinerant band.
Rev. Mr. Libby, of New Britain will preach at the Universalist church in Scotland next Sunday at the usual hours.
"Baptism" will be the theme of Rev. Mr. Searing's discourse at St. Paul's Mission chapel, to-morrow (Thursday) evening.
Workmen are busy putting in a new door in the basement of Atwood block. Carl Sennewald will use the place for a barber shop.
Charles Topliff fell while skating at Savin Rock last week and injured his knee to such an extent that he has not been able to return to his home.
It is proposed to give Jackson street several extra street lights soon. The young folks will have to seek new quarters for their moonlight rambles.
On Wednesday last a mother superior and two sisters came from Europe to this convent. They were accompanied by three sisters for the convent in Baltic.
A vacant store in the opera house block formerly occupied as a barber shop, has been leased by H.C. Murray and will be used as the cloak department of the Boston store.
1440. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Geo. E. Bean holds an auction to-day at his residence in Love lane, and tomorrow will take his family to the balmy land of Florida. He intends making it a permanent residence.
1441. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: At a meeting of St. Joseph's Temperance society last Sunday afternoon, Mr. Hugh Carney was elected a delegate to the annual convention of the Catholic T.A. Union to be held in Waterbury on the 16th
1442. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: The new fence in the rear of the cemetery is completed. It consists of a line of substantial granite posts connected by wires.
1443. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Some person or persons threw down a granite headstone in the yard of Lennon & Russell last night, damaging it to the amount of $25. If it was an accident the parties had better call and settle. If done by design they may have trouble over their little joke.
1444. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Warren Atwood has taken the contract to put in order and run the Warren gris' and saw mill in the town of Mansfield, and will at once proceed to put the plant in first class shape for business. This will be good news for the residents in that vicinity.
1445. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: The new iron bridge over the Willimantic river is progressing. The stonework of the middle pier is just begun. The structure is to be the same length as the present one and will have but one pier situated in the centre of the river. The improvement will be marked both in appearance and safety.
1446. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: The bridge over Potash brook on the north road to Windham, is being raised six feet and will be nearly doubled in width. The roadway will be raised to correspond and dirt will be obtained by cutting down the steep hill immediately west of the bridge. The whole job is under the superintendence of Freeman D. Spencer.
1447. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Messrs. Potvin & Vegiard who have been engaged in the Opera House barber shop have opened a shop over Stearns' harness store in Card's building, and will be pleased to hear from all their old customers as well as new ones who may be disposed to favor them with their patronage. Arthur G. Kenyon has been engaged by them as tonsorial artist.
1448. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: The following are the names of the newly elected officers of the Societe St. Jean Baptiste for the next term: President A.P. Favroe, re-elected unanimously, Vice-president J.O. Blanchette, re-elected unanimously, Rec. Sec., God. Lapalme, Fin. Sec., Theo. Potvin, re-elected unanimously, Cor. Sec., Dr. S.C. Chagnon. Treasurer, Joseph A. Martin, Directors, T. DeVillers, Honore Paulus and Nelson Gilman.
1449. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: A large audience greeted Rev. S.R. Free Sunday morning on his return from his annual vacation. Mr. Free showed his appreciation by delivery an unusually good sermon. The singing was of the best. Owing to the communion service in the afternoon no service was held in the evening but a meeting was held in the chapel at the usual hour for the evening lecture.
1450. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Co. E, Capt. Foran and Co. K, Capt. Warner, returned Saturday from a week's drill at the state encampment at Niantic. Accompanied by Co. G of Putnam under the command of Capt. Winslow, they marched through our principal streets, presenting a wonderfully improved appearance after their week's drill by the seaside. The discipline of camp Couch has evidently had a good effect on them.
1451. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: The St. Joseph's base ball club went to Norwich Saturday afternoon to play the St. Mary's club. The St. Joseph's outplayed their contestants at every point making 21 runs to the others 6. The St. Joseph's were composed of the following members: John Kennedy c, James Donohue p, John Murphy ss, William Tighe 1b, Hugh Carney 2b, Jerry Donohue 3b, Thomas Smith if, P.J. Coffey cf, R.E. McCarthy rf.
1452. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: If you see a man rushing around our Union depot, staring at the walls and peering into the corners, don't be alarmed, he has not got the jim jams; he is looking for the clock. However, no clock is preferable to one that is never wound up, like the one in the waiting room at the post office. Each one of the six thousand people who enter the room every day looks at the placid face of that clock and is instantly possessed with an uncontrollable desire to know what time it is.
1452. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Clubbed. Our popular police officer Fred L. Clark, was presented last Monday with a very handsome rosewood club, regulation size, and artistically inlaid in various designs with ivory. It is a well deserved testimonial to a meritorious and worthy officer, and is the gift of Mr. Wm. Randall of Mansfield, a specialist in the manufacture of such work. The club is valued at $10 and is on exhibition in Wilson & Leonard's show window.
1453. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Police Notes: The adjourned case of the Campmeeting
association vs. Joseph Avery took place last Monday, at which tie defendant was convicted on the following counts. Breach of the peace; assault; resisting officers, and abusive language. There were two complaints against Avery each containing four counts, but one complaint was nolled, as it was literally one offence, in that the two camp officers upon whom the assault had been committed, were made the grounds of separate charges. His Honor, Justice Sumner decided that as the charges were the same they should be made collectively instead of individually - a lucky event for Avery. Adjournment was made to Tuesday, to determine the matter of settlement, when Justice Sumner fined the defendant $1 and costs on each of the above four counts, making a total of $53.90.
1454. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Death of Benjamin Corbin.
Passed from this life at Fair Haven in this state, on Thursday Sept.
4th, Benjamin Corbin aged 65 years. Mr. Corbin was born in what now
is the town of Scotland, (formerly a part of Windham) in Windham
County Conn., in the year 1819 and received his education in the
common schools of his native state which have graduated a large amount
of the successful business intelligence and enterprise of our commonwealth.
At the age of 20 years after serving a clerkship of three years in
a store in his native town he came to Willimantic to assume the position
of Bookkeeper for the firm of Messrs. A. & S. Jillson, cotton
manufacturers and Jillson & Capen manufacturers of cotton machinery
- a most responsible position for so young a man - but he was equal
to the occasion and no one dared to charge him with anything dishonorable
or wrong. After spending some four years in this position a change
in the management led him to take up his residence in Guilford. Before
leaving Willimantic he was united in marriage to Mrs. Lydia Jillson,
and his removal from our community was a source of regret to all
who knew him. After a successful business career of twenty years
in Guilford he removed to Fair Haven where he resided at the time
of his death. Mr. Corbin was honored by his fellow citizens with
many positions of honor and trust, all of which were discharged with
satisfaction and fidelity. Two sons and one daughter together with
his estimable wife constituted his immediate family. One son and
daughter preceded he father to the spirit land leaving a shattered
household and a large circle of friends to mourn with those who remain
in this their renewed bereavement. A kind husband and father, a good
friend in need, a useful citizen in the community, we shall all miss
his kindly greetings, and extend to his family and friends our heartfelt
sympathy on this mournful event.
1456. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Flag Raising - According to the announcement previously made, a Cleveland and Hendricks flag was flung to the breeze by Ferdinand W. King Esq., who lives on what is known as the Loomer place in Columbia, on Saturday of last week. There was a good assemblage of the citizens of the neighborhood and of adjoining towns, and the Columbia cornet band which has recently been uniformed, appeared in the new suits which are of navy blue trimmed with red and soft black hats with gold band. The music discoursed was of a good order and pleasing to the people. At the appointed hour Joseph E.H. Gates Esq., was called to the chair and after returning his thanks for the honor conferred made a stirring speech touching the issues of the present campaign, and closed by introducing the Hon. John L. Hunter who delivered a speech in defense of democratic principles which was attentively listened to by all. Those present declared it to be one of the best speeches ever delivered by that gentleman, and it is believed that it will be productive of good to the cause.
1457. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Superior Court. Divorce business was on the docket last Wednesday at the Superior Court in Hayden's Block. Work progressed in fine style and the following is the result. Julia A. Beebe was granted a divorce from Frank A. Beebe on the ground of desertion. Mary Regan of Willimantic was divorced from Michael Regan on the grounds of habitual intemperance. Amos A. White received a decree from Emmeline White for desertion. The Judge reserved his decision in the case of Gilbert vs. N.Y. & N.E.R.R. Damages are claimed by the plaintiff for the loss of woodland said to have been set a fire by the defendants' locomotives.
Testimony was taken in the case of Bliven vs. Borough of Willimantic, an action for damages sustained by the plaintiff's falling from an offset on Walnut St. On Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock the court heard the testimony in the case of Palmer vs. Bowen. It is alleged that some nine years ago young Palmer, while playing in the yard at his home in Woodstock fell from a fence and broke his arm. Dr. Bowen was called and treated it for a sprain and in the meantime the injured member healed producing a deformity for which the plaintiff sues for $5000 damages. Quite a number of physicians were present to hear the testimony. Among those present from out of town were Drs. Kent and Witter of Putnam, Dr. Olin of Woodstock and Dr. Mayer of Hartford. It is probable that the please in the Bliven case will be presented this week. The Palmer-Brown case was finished this morning and Judge Andrews reserved his decision.
A divorce was granted in the case of Griggs vs. Griggs on the ground of cruelty and habitual intemperance. Both parties reside in Pomfret.
B.C. Grant's suit against McCaffrey for rent is on the docket as we go to press.
1458. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Ashford.
The dwelling house belonging to Darius R. Barlow in Westford and formerly known as the Chapman house, was burned last Thursday night. The household effects were principally saved, but the buildings were completely destroyed. They were insured. It was supposed to be he work of an incendiary.
Rev. C.N. Nichols from Martha's Vineyard, but formerly of Ashford will preach at the Baptist church in Warrenville next Sabbath. His friends will be glad to see him once more.
John A. Murphy has bought the goods of Balch & Gardner, and will continue the business in Warrenville.
John Scarborough ahs moved from Warrenville to Eastford, to live with his mother; his father having died a few weeks ago.
Thomas Gleason, the man charged with stealing the horse, wagon and harness belonging to Dea. Chas. Mathewson, pleaded guilty in the superior court at Willimantic, and received a sentence for two years and one half in the state prison.
The following persons have been selected as jurymen from the town of Ashford: Henry P. Woodward, R.D.W. Knowlton, John A. Brown, Andrew J. Howlett, Chas. H. Bicknell, Albert E. Potter, Jared Lamphear, Nelson Hammond, H.H. Platt, Albert C. Squier, Peter Platt, Geo. H. Baker, Nathaniel L. Knowlton, Nathan J. Mosely, Albert Kinney, Joseph W. Nichols.
1459. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Lebanon.
Mrs. Julia Goldthwait and daughter were in town a few days last week, visiting relatives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Warner of Springfield, Mass., on their return from a two weeks' trip in pursuit of health and pleasure "down by the sea," made their friends here a pleasant call on Thursday last.
Mr. D.T. Gager who returned a short time since from Niantic with his hand and arm alarmingly swollen from the bite of a dog, has under the skillful treatment of Dr. W.P. Barber, recovered and is around again as usual.
The sensations, experiences and apprehensions of people occasioned by the late earthquake, were varied and singular. While some thought it was nothing more than the usual so called Sunday desecration on the Air Line R.R., others were sure that direful news from Hazardville would be heard the next day. Not a few even attributed the unusual disturbance to some new and tremendous movement of the grange. A resident of Exeter in the malarious region of Williams' pond, believing "he'd got the shakes again" took a big dose of chologogue and was surprised notwithstanding the violence of the symptoms to find himself feeling "about as good as ever." The most striking result however was obtained in an up-town church, were some of the soundest and most profound sleepers were startled into wakefulness, and a number of the oldest and boldest sinners in the congregation suddenly found themselves in a Stephen Hopkins' tremor with their knees smiting together, and it was no Belshazzar's feast either.
1460. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Mansfield.
We are sorry to note that Edwin Knowlton is very sick. Dr. Bennett of your place is in attendance.
1461. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Columbia.
Dr. Geo. O. Sawyer who ahs been spending his vacation from school duties at Mr. Brown's by the reservoir previous to returning to Brooklyn, is taking a trip through Montreal and Quebec. His two sisters and another lady from Brooklyn were in town a couple of weeks and enjoyed his retreat over the point; one of the ladies sketching the spot to take back with them as a reminder of the pleasant days there spent.
Mrs. Lucy B. Jacobs of Worcester with her children, has been at Albert Browns for a few days.
Payson E. Little is employed as teacher in the centre school in South Coventry.
Miss Jennie Perry of New Jersey has been recreating at her grandfathers James H. Townsend.
Dennison Avery shot a large coon near his house one morning last week, weighing 15 lbs.
W.H. Yeomans and Frank P. Collins attended the state convention a delegates.
Mrs. Chester Collins is visiting friends in New Haven. Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Collins are visiting relatives in Southbridge, Mass.
Mrs. J.L. Downer was in Hartford a days [sic] with her daughter last week.
Henry Hunt is teaching in Berlin, and Caspar Isham has a situation in E. Hartford.
1462. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Pomfret Landing.
J.L. Hyde the bee man, started in the spring with nineteen colonies and has increased to thirty-six, besides selling nine swarms with sixteen Italian queens of his own raising. He has taken 1000 pounds of honey from the hives. He has the finest apiary in this part of the country, his bees having been breeded from the finest of imported Italian queens.
A meeting was called last Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock for the purpose of appointing officers and starting a creamery. The inclemency of the weather hindered many but there was a good number present. Frank Spencer was chosen chairman and J.L. Hyde clerk. The following were chosen solicitors in the interest of the creamery: Albertus S. Bruce, Lewis White and John Brown. It was ascertained that nearly 300 cows would be pledged. There are going to push the business right along, and there is a fair prospect of success. The meeting was adjourned to September 12th.
1463. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Died.
Congdon - In Willimantic Sept. 6th, Thankful Congdon, aged 84.
Perkins - In Mansfield Sept. 4th Alberta Perkins aged three weeks.
Woodworth - In Mansfield Sept. 9th Mary E. Woodworth aged 5 months.
Crane - In Mansfield Sept. 10th Charles Crane aged 85 years.
Murphy- In Willimantic Sept. 4th Patrick T. Murphy aged 85 years, 5 months and 18 days.
Sullivan - In Willimantic Sept. 6th Michael Roger Sullivan aged 77 years.
1464. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Wormwood Hill.
Gelon Parker has a pomological curiosity in the shape of an apple twig nearly 4 inches in length and twelve large apples growing thereon. They grew in close proximity to Fenner's cider mill, and who says this is not a fruit year.
1465. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Connecticut Oysters.
The Sea World, which ought to be an authority on oysters, prints a long article on the oyster, which unfortunately begins with a discussion of the letter "R" but is otherwise interesting. Of Connecticut it says: Of all the states which cultivate the delicious oyster, none bestow the care and attention to this branch of industry as Connecticut. This little state has for a number of years taken the lead in oyster farming and pursued it, with a thorough earnest spirit, which out to produce a healthy affect upon its neighbors. It has already 75,000 acres of ground under oyster culture; 25,000 additional has been applied for. It has, however, met with an unfortunate set-back this season by the ravages of that inveterate enemy the star fish some planters losing probably as much as $250,000. The supply of oysters will no doubt fall short during the coming season and prices rule much higher than at the present time. The heaviest shipment from New York and New Haven are made in September, October and November and from the south in October, November and December.
1466. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Mansfield.
A town meeting as held Saturday and was largely attended. Wm. Reynolds was appointed moderator and good order prevailed to the close of the meeting. As it was generally known that a vote was to be taken in relation to a proposition to annex all the land belonging to Mansfield south and east of the Natchaug river to the town of Windham making the river the boundary line between the two towns, and also to discontinue that part of the old Windham turnpike road between the main road to Willimantic and the river, every part of the town was well represented. The above proposition was suggested by the water commissioners of Willimantic to avoid grading the old road which would be flooded to a depth of several feet by building their reservoir. Geo. Burnham and E.B. Sumner Esq., were present and presented their side of the case in an able and candid manner and the towns people discussed the matter in a fair and courteous way. The vote was largely in favor of the proposition and when Windham votes to accept and the legislature ratifies the doings of both towns it will be a fixed fact. The layout by the selectmen of a change of the road at the hollow was rejected by a large majority, as was also the proposition to close several old roads in different parts of the town which are of little use to anybody.
H.W. Storrs is about to move his steam sawmill into the pine forest near Phelp's crossing a large tract of which he has purchased.
Frank White was before Justice Reynolds on complaint of his wife, for neglecting to provide her with comfortable support. She has the reputation of being a well disposed, industrious and respectable woman, which is rather more than can be said of her husband. The case was adjourned on account of her counsel J.L. Hunter Esq. Being unable to attend the trial.
1467. TWC Wed Sep 10, 1884: Miss Emma L. Aldrich teacher of pianoforte and organ resumes her lessons in Willimantic September 29th. Applications received at the residence of G.H. Parinton, Centre St.
1468. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: About Town.
Rev. C.N. Nichols of Martha's Vineyard was in town this morning.
Mrs. Lester Appley and daughter of Walnut, Ill., are visiting friends in town and vicinity.
On Monday Superintendent Phillips and assistants were busy putting the new fire alarm boxes in position.
There will be about 25 or 30 French voters naturalized this fall in this place. They will support the democratic ticket.
Gilboa & Carson who were burned out in So. Coventry some time ago will start a mill in Nasonville, R.I., in about a week.
Mr. Leavitt of Boston has been awarded the contract for building the damn, etc., on the Natchaug river for the Willimantic Water Works.
Officer Shurtliff has resumed duty and officer Clark left for Meriden, Monday to drive the horses entered by Ed Clark of Norwich at the trot in that city.
The Willington correspondent of the Rockville Journal is authority for the statement that Lafayette Shurtliff was robbed of $200 while asleep in Willimantic.
H.A. Adams started yesterday for a three weeks bicycle trip through Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He will attend the big meet at Springfield this week.
On Monday morning this vicinity was again visited by a frost but no considerable damage done. A man has to go about one day in his shirtsleeves and the next in his ulster in these times.
1469. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Kingsley in Bassett block has opened the oyster season with those choice Fair Haven oysters he handled so successfully last season. Also has excellent shell oysters which he opens to order.
1470. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: The societe St. Jean Baptiste will hold a grand rally here Sunday evening. Victor Belanger, Editor of Le Courrier de Worcester will deliver an address on the general benefits to be derived from joining the society.
1471. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Mrs. Lydia M. Kimball has accepted a responsible position in a large boarding house in Boston. Mrs. Foss will resign the charge of the Linen Company boarding house and join Mrs. Kimball in Boston as soon as convenient.
1472. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Mr. John McCusker, publisher of the Catholic Temperance Advocate, of Central Falls, R.I., was in town Tuesday.
1473. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: The republican probate convention for the district of Windham will be held at the Windham Hotel in Windham on Saturday, September 27th, at 2 o'clock p.m. The Scotland delegates are Waldo Bass and Wm. Burnham.
1474. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: C.P. Brann, who moved from this village to Providence last fall, has gone to Boston to take a better situation in charge of electric clocks for a firm in that city. He will have charge of the clock exhibit at the Institute Fair.
1475. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: The Eleventh Regiment Connecticut Volunteers are holding a re-union today on the anniversary of the battle of Antietam. The Eleventh was one of the last regiments to leave the field and their term of service was one of the longest among Connecticut regiments.
1476. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: There will be a meeting of the Chautauqua circle at the vestry of the Baptist church Monday evening Sept. 22. This being the last meeting of the year, arrangements will be made for readings for the coming year. All members are requested to be present. All wishing to join the circle are cordially invited.
1477. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: I.A. Culverhouse ahs just returned from a trip of three and a half months in Europe. He expresses himself as much pleased with the trip and reports a delightful time. England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and Italy were visited. Mr. Culverhouse reports the most delightful climate to be that of Italy.
1478. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Amateur burglars are having another picnic in this vicinity. On Friday night Holmes' market on Railroad street was the scene of their depredations. Entrance was effected by a rear window and some loose change taken from the drawer. The thieves also carried off various portable articles, cigars, etc. Such a gag as is evidently existing in this place now should be at once broken up.
1479. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Norwich has a band of juvenile burglars from 4 to 6 years old. They entered a store early last Sunday morning and carried off twenty five plugs of chewing tobacco, two boxes of cigars and $20 in money. One of the youthful robbers attempted to pass a $5 gold piece for a penny, and this led to the discovery. The little fellows were not arrested.
1480. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: The Dime Savings Bank have received a new burglar proof chest from Thompson & Co., New Haven. It is to be placed inside a fire proof safe and is 12 inches high, 36 inches wide and 27 inches deep. It was made by Damon & Co., of Boston, of solid steel and is four inches thick. Rather a difficult thing to crack, we imagine.
1481. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Nelson Kingsbury of Hartford, well known throughout the state as a prominent Sunday school worker died at his residence last Saturday at 10 o'clock of heart disease. In his early life he was a prominent manufacturer. He established a woolen factory at Stafford Springs in 1870, but subsequently disposed of this and resumed the management of a large factory in Rockville, which position he held for some time. Of late he has not been actively engaged in business.
1482. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: We know of no one who has been benefited by the short crop of hay, except Uncle Joe Ensworth of Scotland, the Ross fodder cutter man. He received orders last week to the amount of $540 for these machines, and is getting orders every day by mail and telephone from some apart of the four counties which he controls. Farmers have a large crop of corn fodder this year and Uncle Joe says it will be worth double if it is cut one half inch long before feeding. The postmaster at Scotland says that Ensworth gets more mail than half the rest of the town.
1483. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: D.F. McCarthy and wife will start on Friday for California, for an absence of four weeks. Mr. McCarthy goes as a delegate from the Providence Division to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers' Convention to be held at San Francisco. We shall expect to see his name appear among the speakers in the report of the convention, and will guarantee that his remarks will be in favor of morality, temperance and strict justice to employers, employees and the public.
1484. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: J.H. Squier formerly engaged as a private banker in Washington, committed suicide last Thursday at his residence No. 1514 K street northwest. Mr. Squier became heavily involved in business trouble and was obliged to make an assignment a few months ago. The legal proceedings that followed showed that the bank was hopelessly insolvent, and Squier has been the object of severe criticism at the hands of the public press. It is stated that his troubles weighed upon him to the extent of affecting his sanity, and he had been closely watched by his family for some time past. While his wife was temporarily absent from the room he seized a small pocket knife and cut his throat. Physicians were summoned almost immediately but they could render no assistance and the unfortunate ma died in a short time. He leaves a wife and two children aged 15 and 9 years. Mrs. Squier was a daughter of Mr. James Howes, a former resident of Willimantic and well known to many of our people.
1485. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Police Notes: Saturday last sheriff Pomeroy took in tow our mutual friend Billy Jones, for misconducting himself in violation of law and order; but on Bill pleading regret and a promise of future good behavior, our kind hearted officer allowed him to go.
Officer Clark on Saturday arrested Florence Shea on complaint of his son-in-law Thomas Shea, who preferred a charge of assault and battery against him. A speedy trial was had, when in view of the evidence elicited thereat his Honor, Justice Sumner fined Shea senior $2 and costs.
Officer Clark on the same day arrested Daniel Ryan a young lad, on a warrant charging him with entering the house of Edward Trudo on High street some time since, and stealing $8 in cash therefrom. The case was amicably adjusted between the parties without coming to trial.
1486. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Superior Court. The suit of Grant vs McCaffrey to recover rent for a portion of Commercial Block was decided in favor of the defendant and he will recover costs. Newton vs Griggs was an action in which one administrator on the estate of Dr. Dyer Hughes sued another to recover the value of a note given by the estate of Oliver Griggs in favor f the estate of Dr. Hughes. The plaintiff will recover $226.74. C.M. Palmer recovered $300 and costs in the suit for mal-practice against Dr. Bowen of Woodstock. The plaintiff recovers $285, damages in the case of Gilbert vs. N.Y. & N.E.R.R. Bliven gets $300, and costs for his fall from a Walnut Street offset. The arguments on both sides were very able.
Three divorce cases were heard Thursday Eliza Reube was granted a divorce from Antoine Reube on the grounds of habitual intemperance. The divorce case of Nellie Micue vs. Elsworth Micue was denied and the case dismissed from the court. Edward Taylor foreclosed a mortgage on Mary A. Shea.
1487. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: That Caucus...The congressional delegates are - James Walden, Thomas Ramsdell, Thomas J. Roberts, Lucius C. Kinne. It is understood that while they are primarily for Ex-Senator Boss they are ultimately for Wait. A change was thought to be desirable in the probate judgeship and the present incumbent was thrown overboard with a rush and it is probable that his predecessor, Huber Clark, Esq., will get the nomination. The voting was as decisive as for congressional delegates. Delegates to probate convention: E.S. Boss, C.A. Capen, Henry Larrabee, Guilford Smith.
1488. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Ashford.
Passed from this life on Thursday Sept. 11, Edwin Knowlton aged 59 years. Mr. Knowlton was born in Ashford where he resided all his life, and was the youngest of family of six children, three boys and three girls. His father Dea. Daniel Knowlton was a very prominent man in the town as well as being deacon of the first Baptist church in Ashford. He held many of the prominent offices in the town, having been representative, judge of probate, justice of the peace and selectman, and was one of the oldest and most respected residents of the town. Minor Knowlton a brother of Edwin, was a graduate of West Point and spent the greater part of his life in the regular army, and died some four years ago having held the commission of captain for many years. He left quite a large fortune to be divided between his brothers and sisters. Danforth Knowlton another brother, is a retired merchant and resides in Stafford having built him a fine residence there a few years ago. Edwin the youngest of the family remained at home on the farm that has been in the Knowlton name for over a century. He was one of the wealthiest and most prominent men of the town having held the office of selectman and represented the town in the legislature, but he was not an office seeker and he was elected to several offices which he would not accept, preferring rather to take care of his own business rather than to be perplexed with the cares of public business. He was honest and upright in all his dealings, a most excellent and obliging neighbor, faithful in the discharge of every duty and unyielding in his opinions of what he considered to be right. He was married to the eldest daughter of Otis Woodward a wealthy and respected citizen of Ashford, and three boys and one girl were the offspring of this marriage, who are all living and who together with an estimable wife mourn the loss of a respected and honored parent and husband. A kind husband and father, a true friend in need, a useful citizen in the community, we shall all miss his kindly greetings, and extend to his family our heartfelt sympathy.
Rev. C.N. Nichols preached to a good audience last Sunday at the Baptist church in Warrenville.
The neighbors and friends of Wm. W. Howlett, to the number of about one hundred gathered at his house on Saturday eve, it being the 20th anniversary of his marriage and many valuable presents were left as tokens of their respect and friendship for them. The younger portion of the visitors engaged in social dancing, and all had a glorious good time.
1489. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: South Coventry.
Frank Hall and wife with Louise Mason of Hartford spent the Sabbath at Lebanon.
Mrs. Mary Mason and son of Hartford who have been spending a few weeks in town returned on Monday.
Wm. F. Sweet who has been attacked with several hemorrhages is lying seriously ill at the residence of his father-in-law, and grave doubts are entertained as to his recovery.
Visitors in town with some of our young people have enjoyed this harvest moon in rowing on the waters of our beautiful lake.
Mrs. Lapsley and son of New York city are guests of
Mrs. Henry F. Dimick and Mrs. Barney with her children are soon expected
at this same pleasant home.
1490. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Letters From the People. Editor Chronicle: We have a St. John & Daniels club organized in this place and hold meetings at No. 4 Bank Building every Friday evening. The public are invited to attend. Ladies especially invited. Speakers from abroad will be employed when we can get them. Will have one next Friday evening if we can obtain one, if not, J.A. .Lewis and myself were appointed to address the meeting. Now friends, turn out and hear what we have to say in this matter and if we are wrong you shall have the floor to reply. Brother Democrat, convince us we are wrong and you are right and we will vote your ticket, And Brother Republican the same. Christian voter we appeal especially to you. Come and help us. We are in earnest in this matter. Come and see. Respectfully, Joel Fox. P.S. The meeting will be addressed by a speaker from Rockville. J.P. Willimantic, Sept. 15th, 1884.
1491. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Lyman D. Minor of Bridgewater, and a dealer in elastic goods at 599 Broadway, N.Y., hired a room in the United States hotel in the latter city Thursday afternoon and shortly afterward shot himself in the right temple. The latter fact was not discovered until Friday evening, when his room was broken into and his dead body found in a sitting posture on a chair. The cause of the act is said to be business embarrassment.
1492. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: James Ryan an old and respected citizen of Torrington, was overcome by the heat and died Wednesday.
1493. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: It is said that the late Rev. W.H.H. Murray formerly of Guilford, is running a restaurant in Notre Dame street, Montreal.
1494. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Tom Thumb's widow was in Bridgeport recently, and expressed a desire to be buried by the side of his grave when she dies. She will not go on the road this winter. Mrs. Thumb is not engaged to be married to a five footer as has been stated.
1495. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Litchfield has just lost by deaths two of its aged citizens. Stephen Trowbridge died at the age of 86, and Thomas L. Saltonstall at the age of 78. The latter twice represented the town in the legislature. The Enquirer says of him: In politics he was a staunch democrat. To great originality, thorough honesty and candor and much solid power, Mr. Saltonstall added a humorous quaintness of speech that made his one of the most interesting of the marked characters of Litchfield. In early life Mr. Saltonstall lived in New York and was one of those who took part in the Tammany meeting of 1836, where the lights were blown out and relighted with loco foco matches, whence came the nickname loco foco, which so long stuck to the democratic party.
1496. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: The Bridgeport Farmer says: "As the very latest agony, the salvationists have adopted sun umbrellas, each one being of several bright colors. Not only the women, but men as well carry them. They are exceedingly conspicuous in the worst possible taste. Truly a big overgrown man, who might better be at work, attired in a flaming red jersey, and carrying a parasol of bright crimson, yellow, blue and green, each quarter decorated with the sentence 'God is love,' or some other equally inappropriate sentiment (inappropriate in that place,) is a spectacle to really convince the scornful doubter that the members of the army are actuated by the very highest motives of personal display."
1497. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Congressional Convention. The Democratic Electors of the several towns composing the Third Congressional District are requested to appoint Delegates to meet in convention at the Town Hall in Norwich on Wednesday, September 24, 1884 at 12:30 o'clock p.m. to nominate a candidate for member of congress. The number of Delegates from each town should be double the number of representatives which such town has in the General Assembly. Marvin H. Sanger, J. Niles Brown, John M. Thayer, Committee. Norwich, Conn., Sept. 8, 1884.
1498. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Columbia.
Bert Brown was in Bristol last week on a trip combining business and pleasure.
The cornet band were in Hebron Saturday at the raising of the flag and discoursed music at the same.
Chester Collins is spending a week's vacation with friends in New Haven and will return Friday, accompanied by his wife. It is rarely that Chester gets away from his business and this respite will be enjoyed by him.
N.K. Holbrook has received a barrel of mineral water from the Colorado Springs sent him by his son Henry.
Miss Belle Devellin delivered a lecture on temperance in the Congregational church Sabbath evening. She is the guest of her uncle James Townsend.
1499. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: A Very Mysterious Disappearance. Bridgeport, Ct., Sept. 15. A mysterious disappearance, differing from ordinary events of this character, is agitating this city. A new manager for the branch house of the Great Atlantic and Pacific tea company, named Robert Esler, came to Bridgeport Thursday morning last. He was very cordially received and made a favorable impression upon all with whom he came in contact. He was well dressed, sociable and apparently rejoicing at the prospect of a change from New York life. He gave orders for certain alterations in the establishment on Main street. Board was engaged on Fairfield avenue, and sundry details connected with his stay here perfected in a rational manner. At 11 o'clock, seemingly overcome with heat, he left the store ostensible to visit the newspaper offices for advertising purposes, leaving behind him his coat, cuffs, cane, etc., and wearing a light black alapaca coat. Not a trace of him has been seen by any one connected with the store since that time. To a sober, industrious and exemplary life Esler adds the respect of a five years' service with his present employers, and one of the ordinary reasons for sudden disappearance are applicable in his case.
1500. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: North Windham.
Everybody seems busy; the farmer, the manufacturer, the blacksmith, the butcher, and soon the teachers and scholars will begin another year's labor; decided improvements so long needed are being pushed forward at the school house and everything will be in readiness by Oct. 1. It will be a gala day for the children, but woe to any of them that shall deface the house or any of its appointments. Misses Jennie Robbins and Alice Hunt are the teachers engaged for next term.
Mr. Austin Lincoln is in a very low, and Amy Avery is also very feeble. Both are aged people and their recovery is doubtful. D.K. Sweet has had some very poor days recently, but is now able to be out. M.M. Welch is improving from a recent attack of prostration. Wm. Sibley was severely ill last week and his father Dr. Sibley of Warren, Mass., was sent for. He is now convalescent. ____
George Bales who has been ailing all summer, begins to show signs of returning health.
Personals: Weston White has entered E. Greenwich seminary and his place in the store is being filled by Mr. A.P. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Backus who left Chaplin more than forty years ago and settled near Norwich, Chenango Co. N.Y., have been visiting relatives and old time friends in this vicinity. Miss Lavonia Coffin who has been a guest of Sarah L. Peck for a few weeks, has returned to her home at Haverhill, Mass. Miss Lina Sharp of Joliet, has returned to P.L. Peck's after an enjoyable visit with friends at Norwich, New London and other points on the shore. Miss Alice Hunt is taking a short outing at Franklin, Norwich &c., before beginning her labors as "school ma'am." Mrs. John Russel who has been making her annual visit at her father's Mr. Henry Spaffrod [mean Spafford?], has returned to her home at Lawrence, Mass. Mrs. L.A. Ashley is a guest of Mrs. P.B. Peck. Mrs. Lindley of Pittsfield, Mass. has spent most of the summer with her daughter Mrs. Wm. Sibley. Mr. Seymour Davenport of Chaplin is making some repairs upon his house near this village, contemplates removing to the old homestead this fall. Wesley Whiting has again changed his location, moving from this place to Mansfield hollow.
Many friends of Mr. David Clark of Hartford in this vicinity, will be sorry to learn of the loss by fire of his large barn at his farm west of the city. It was full of the harvests of the summer, farming implements &c., Three head of cattle, 13 swine, poultry &c., also perished. The cause of the fire is supposed to be spontaneous combustion. He is already making preparations for rebuilding.
1501. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Andover.
The new bell is hung. And now the laggards will have no excuse for not being in their seats on time. The tone of it proves to be good, but some are not suited because it does not make noise enough.
1502. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: R.M. Douglass and Joseph T. Fanning of Norwich will defend Kennedy the New London wife murderer, in the superior court the present term.
1503. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Born.
Lincoln - In North Windham, Aug. 30th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Levi Lincoln.
Flint - In North Windham Sept. 5, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Flint.
1504. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Died.
McNamara - In Willimantic Sept. 12, Timothy McNamara, aged 60 years, Sept. 15, Maggie Sullivan; aged 2 years.
Knowlton - In Ashford Sept. 11th, Edwin Knowlton, aged 57 years. Sept. 15th,
Lucius Horton; aged 80 years.
Kingsley - In Lebanon Sept. 16th, Maria J. Kingsley, aged 79 years.
Campbell - In Mansfield Sept. 4th, Alberta, daughter of Albert B. and Jincie [or Jinete] M. Perkins; aged 6 weeks. September 9th, Mary E. Woodworth; aged 5 months. Sept. 10, Charles Crane, aged 85 years. Sept. 15th Austin E. Rouse; aged 47 years.
Avery - In Windham Sept. 11th - Mary E. Avery; aged 71 years.
1505. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Wanted - A reliable American woman to do the housework in family of two. Man and wife, of middle-age. Not a farm, but a quiet house a desirable and permanent situation to the right party. Mansfield Organ Pipe Works. Mansfield Depot, Conn.
1506. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: Mansfield.
Obituary. - Died in Mansfield September 10th, Charles Crane aged eighty-five years and seven months. Mr. Crane was born in Mansfield, near the close of the last century, and with a few brief intervals always resided therein. In early life he was a school teacher, and although a farmer, he followed the profession of teaching in the winter for many years. Many of his former pupils are now living, some having passed their "three score and ten," still remember and respect him as the pleasant and genial teacher, who first instructed them in the rudiments of Daboll and Murray. Mr. Crane in early life made a profession of religion, and united with the Baptist church on Spring Hill, and remained a consistent member thereof until death, and to quote his own language 'he had been a pilgrim for seventy years." He married Theoda, the youngest daughter of Deacon William Bennett, (long since deceased) with whom he lived sixty-three years in the marriage relation. The widow still survives, and was able to minister to his wants to the last. His disease was a distressing case of cancer on the face, which caused him at times incredible pain from which he longed to be free, and at rest in the grave. He looked forward to death without dismay as a relief from his manifold sufferings, having a full hope of the resurrection, and that he should have "a part in the first." Mr. Crane had many times held office and positions of trust in town, and was always accounted a faithful and efficient officer. In politics he was a democrat, his first vote being cast for Jackson, and from that principle he never deviated, nor ever allowed his religious views to interfere with his political principles. He was one of the oldest subscribers to the Hartford Times, he having taken that paper continuously for nearly forty years. Of a family of six children, three survive him, one son and two daughters. His son, one of his grandsons, and two sons-in-law laid him in his final resting place, where he longed to be placed, there to await the summons which he so confidently expected to call him forth into a new and glorious life. Mr. Jonathan Maine of Scotland, an intimate friend of the deceased was present at the funeral and conducted the services.
1507. TWC Wed Sep 17, 1884: To Rent. Two Tenements, also Barn Room. Horses Boarded. Inquire of C.E. Congdon & Son, Church St., Willimantic.
1508. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: About Town.
Miss Carrie Ticknor has been visiting friends in Columbia.
E.S. Marble and family of Hartford are visiting friends in town.
Mrs. F. Gilbronson has our thanks for a box of fine grapes.
Henken the tailor has an advertisement in another column.
Cricket has been introduced as a pastime by some of our young men.
Rev. S.R. Free will preach at North Windham next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
A. Walt Pierson of Norwich Bulletin is confined to his bed by illness.
The gate tender's house has been removed to the south side of the railroad track.
Mrs. F.M. Thompson of Danbury has been making a short stay in our midst.
Messrs. E.S. Boss and J.M. Reid are away on a fortnight's trip through Maine.
H.C. Hall and wife started this morning for an extended visit in central New York.
Philander Wyllys hands us a bunch of blossoms and some ripe pear picked from the same tree on Saturday.
Charles N. Andrew has thrown to the breeze in Pleasant Valley a very neat little banner bearing the portraits of Cleveland and Hendricks, and he is going to vote for Waller too.
A new lot of those low priced harnesses just received at Kenyon's harness shop on Church street.
1509. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Wm. Swift has returned to Conn. After a three years absence in Brazil where he was employed setting up machinery. He was identified with the early silk industries of this place.
1510. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Verily this year is unequalled for kickers. Some of the Willimantic American prohibitionists are kicking on St. John and Daniel after Pomeroy and Conant have withdrawn in their favor.
1511. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: D.H. Clark lost a valuable horse last Wednesday. It has been hired for a drive Rockville, and upon its arrival there was fed and watered while in a heated condition. It died soon after its return to this village.
1512. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Quite a number of the friends of Miss Florence Jillson gathered at her father's residence on Prospect street one evening last week. The time was passed in social amusements and the young people departed delighted with their entertainment.
1513. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Geo. L. McAvoy, Chas. A. Royce, H.A. Adams and C.H. Townsend were the Willimantic wheelmen who visited the Springfield bicycle races. They report a fine time and exciting races, but they didn't enter even the consolation race.
1514. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: The first fire alarm that has been sent out in some time was from box No. 4 on Friday. The fire department responded very promptly and found the trouble to be caused by a fire in the chimney of one of Michael Nelligan's tenement houses on Jackson street. It was quickly subdued.
1515. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: A business meeting of the Chautauquan of Willimantic will be held in the parlors of the Baptist Church, Monday evening, Sept. 29th. It is earnestly desired that all former members be present and a hearty invitation is extended to any new ones who may be interested.
1516. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: If we could have our way the offices of town clerk and judge of probate would be non-partisan. Put good competent men in the positions and keep them there. It would perhaps be desirable to have both parties represented, but the selections should be pre-eminently for fitness for the offices.
1517. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Hon. John T. Wait has been renominated by the republicans of this district for congressional honors. Augustus Brandagee in presenting name of Mr. Wait said that he would not be a candidate for the office again, and that the claims of Windham county would be recognized in next convention. Will it be congressman Boss? We think it will.
1518. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Rev. F. Williams of Chaplin read an interesting paper at the Windham county Congregational clergymen's convention in Putnam yesterday. It was entitled "New England Theology Fifty Years Ago,' and gave a detailed account of the Congregational faith at that time. In those days they believed in infant damnation and total depravity.
1519. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Putnam Phalanx started on their excursion to Saratoga, Lake George and Ticonderoga on Monday morning. O.S. Chaffee Jr., Joel W. Webb, F.F. Webb, Chas. J. Fox, J. O'Sullivan, F.H. Blish, W.N. Potter and Gen. L.E. Baldwin were Willimantic members who attended. Among the invited guests we notice the names of Mrs. W.N. Potter, Mrs. F.H. Blish, Mrs. F.F. Webb, Mrs. Burton Hills and Miss Sarah Webb.
1520. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: The democrats of Windham held their caucus for the election of delegates to the probate and congressional conventions on Saturday last at the town hall. John H. Moulton was chosen chairman and A.R. Morrison secretary. The balloting resulted in the following delegations: Congressional - John Bowman, John L. Hunter, H.H. Flint, Michael L. Hickey. Probate convention - Chester Tilden, J.D. Jillson, E.F. Casey and Charles S. Bliven were chosen.
1521. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: At the Catholic temperance convention held in Waterbury last week D.P. Dunn of this village was appointed director for Windham county, and D.F. McCarthy was chosen delegate to the national convention to be held at New Haven next August. Mr. McCarthy was presented with a purse of money during the exercises which came to him as a genuine surprise. In the evening he delivered an address in Irving hall.
1522. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Lightning struck Holland's silk mill during the brisk thunder shower Tuesday morning. Watchman Hills heard a severe clap about 4 o'clock and immediately afterward a strong smell of sulphur pervaded the mill. As nothing could be found out of the way inside the buildings no further notice was taken of it. In the morning a small boy discovered that the top of the north chimney of the old mill was shattered and shingles on the roof split by the fall of the bricks. It was a narrow escape for if the lightning had entered the attic, a serious fire must have been the result. It is supposed the lightning followed the chimney and then passed into the ground.
1523. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: A Blaine and Logan club was formed in the town hall Tuesday evening. John Brown presided and C.A. Capen was chosen clerk. A committee of fifteen was appointed to bring in the names of permanent officers and they reported, after a ten minutes conference in the lockup, that they had chosen John M. Hall for president and an innumerable lot of vice presidents, secretaries, corresponding secretaries, auditors, etc. There was not a large attendance and the meeting had a funeral aspect that was in good keeping with their approaching defeat. It was announced that the largest flag in the state was already in town and would be soon thrown to the breeze. But big flags, brag and bluster are not the elements in this campaign. Regular weekly meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings.
1524. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: It would seem that our worthy neighbors in Mansfield are already repenting the liberality with which they treated our borough at a former town meeting, and a meeting has been called for next Saturday to consider the matter. The first two clauses of the warning are as follows: To see if said Town will vote to rescind a vote passed at a Town meeting held on the Sixth day of Sept. A.D. 1884, annexing that part of the territory belonging to the Town south and east of the Natchaug River, to the Town of Windham and also to rescind the vote passed to discontinue that part of the highway leading from the main road to Willimantic, commencing near E.G. Sumner's and terminating near the residence of George Phelps. To see if the Town will pass a vote to discontinue a portion of the highway known as the Windham turnpike commencing at its junction with the main road near the residence of E.G. Sumner and terminating at the east bank of the Natchaug River, in consideration of such sums of money as may be agreed upon between the Town of Mansfield and the Borough of Willimantic through their agents.
1525. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Police Notes. - On Wednesday last officer Shurtliff took from the depot a lugubrious looking and ugly chap named James Loughlin, for being drunk and using loud and offensive language in the presence of passengers. He had a hearing the same evening before Justice Sumner, who fined him $1 and costs, and in default he went to Brooklyn. Sheriff Pomeroy brought up on the boat train from Norwich on Saturday morning, William M. Greene, a young man charged with obtaining money under false pretences. Greene was formerly employed by John Hooper the Church street baker, who discharged him some time ago. He then began collecting money due Mr. Hooper from his customers, who were not aware of his having left the employ of Mr. Hooper, who upon learning the facts at once had a warrant issued and given seriff Pomeroy to serve. That officer took the train to Norwich, Friday evening with the result above stated. At his trial before Justice Bowen on Saturday, Greene was fined $1 and costs amounting to $21.63, and in default thereof was taken to Brooklyn jail to work it out.
Officer Shurtliff was called to the house of Frank Carroll last Sunday to quell a drunken tumult, which Carroll in company with Thomas Stackpole was engaged in. They were placed in the lockup until Monday morning when Justice Sumner gave them a hearing, at which Carroll was fined $1 and costs, and the complaint against Stackpole was withdrawn on his paying the costs, he being considered the least aggressive of the two.
1526. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Eleventh Regiment Reunion - Veterans of the 11th, Reg't C.V. assembbled at the G.A.R. hall on the 17th for their annual reunion. Owing to a lack of sufficient notice there was an attendance of but thirty this year. In the morning a business meeting was held and the following officers were elected: President, Col. Randall H. Rice; vice-presidents, Capt. W.G. Dickinson, William Dickens, Co. a., Horace Warner, Co. B., Sergeant Paul Herter, Co. C., Sergeant Gilbert Wilson, Co. D., Oliver I. Woodford, Co. E., John W. Carroll, Co. F., Julius Newell, Co. G., Charles Rogers, Co. H., Capt. Henry Eastman, Co. I, Lieutenant Smith Gilbert, Co. K; secretary, William H. Fuller; executive committee, Lieutenant Frank H. Day, Lemuel Warner, W.O. Montgomery. It voted to hold the next annual reunion at Willimantic, Sept. 17th, 1885. At the conclusion of the business meeting the veterans dined at Hotel Commercial, and subsequently visited by invitation the Thread Co's mills. It is anticipated that the re-union next year will be the largest ever held by the regiment.
1527. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Rah for Cleveland. The first meeting of the Cleveland and Hendricks club was held Monday night in their hall in Commercial block. There was a large attendance and the following organization was effected: - President, Chester Tilden; Vice presidents, J.D. Jillson, Dr. T.H. McNally, Marshall Tilden, Arthur Favroe, Michal Cunningham, Geo. B. McCracken, Joseph A. Martin, Chas. S. Bliven, John F. Hennessy, Joel W. Webb, Horace M. Chapman, Albert R. Morison, Henry Page, J. Griffin Martin, Freeman D. Spencer, M.M. Flint, Chas. T. Barstow, Luke Flynn, Thos. Keating, John H. Moulton; sec'y and treas., P.J. Carey; Ex. Committee, John L. Hunter, Jeremiah O'Sullivan, Wm. P. Stephens, sergeant at arms, Joshua Blivens. The club will hold regular business meetings every Tuesday evening in Commercial block at 7:30. Speakers are now being negotiated with and a flag will soon be raised with proper ceremony.
1528. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Scotland.
Mrs. Jas. Lathrop Palmer slipped and fell upon the ground last week Monday, striking in such a way as to dislocate her ankle and produce a bad sprain.
Dennis Murphy recently found one of his best cows dead in the field from some unknown cause.
Rev. Mr. Libby is expected to preach in the Universalist church next Sunday.
Rev. Mr. Place of the Congregational church will exchange with the pastor at Hanover next Sunday.
Deming the butcher is suffering from inflammation in his hand and arm caused by a cut on his fingers.
Another daughter has been added to the family of Chas. Pendleton.
Frank Carey and family of Northampton, Mass., are visiting their old home.
We clip the following items concerning former residents of this town from the Ulysses, Neb. Dispatch of last week: N.B. Bates and wife, father and mother of Mrs. John Smith, arrived in Ulysses last Thursday night from Connecticut to become permanent residents of Nebraska. The Dispatch welcomes them to our midst. N.B.Bates is about to build a two story house on the vacant lot between C.A. Howe's furniture store and the harness shop.
G.E. Waldo and sister went down to Lincoln last Tuesday to see and hear Ben Butler.
John Smith to the front and don't you forget it; the other restaurants are moving back. Call and see him if you are dry and hungry. He is white. You can pull Smith out of bed at any tie of night if you want oysters or anything in the line of eatables.
1529. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Town meetings are uppermost in the minds of the people of this town at present. We have had two, and two more to come and several counties to be heard from but the most important one is to come next Saturday when the tax-payers and voters in general will say whether the borough of Willimantic will get that old road for the taking and whether Mansfield will give a portion of the town to take it.
This has been voted once and Windham smiled but Mansfield like Rip Van Winkle has awakened and call for a new deal and will try to rescind all votes taken upon the question and hence the call. As we understand the matter, Mansfield is willing to discontinue the old road in question for a consideration and that consideration is about the size of $2,500. Charles Jacobson's little daughter who has been under the treatment for a poly____ [ polypus?] had the tumor removed recently and it proved to be a shoe button that had grown in solid in the nose. Her parents feel much relieved to find out that it is no worse.
1530. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Columbia.
W.P. Robertson of Hartford was in town over the Sabbath.
James L. Downer's family are enjoying daily rides in a new basket phaeton.
S.F. Tucker is reappointed district committee for the Centre district.
S.F. Tucker, town clerk has received a copy of Hartford city directory from E. Geer, which will be found at his office for the benefit of all residents of this place who are desirous of obtaining information regarding persons and localities in said city.
C.W. Ely commenced active operations with his steam mill on Monday, on the lot recently purchased of L.C. Clark.
The funeral of Mrs. Palmer Tucker was attended from her late residence on Chestnut Hill on Monday, by Rev. Geo. Holman of Willimantic and Rev. F.D. Avery of this place. The death of this estimable lady occurred after months of expectation. She having been a great sufferer from the effects of a cancer removed about a year since, and which after a short time again made its appearance working its way internally thus baffling all human skill and steadily sapping the foundation of life. Her devotion to her family and their affection for her was all that kept alive her desire for life, as she concealed from them for nearly a year the knowledge of this disease knowing her connection with life and them must soon be severed, and dreading to darken their lives with this shadow that was creeping over them, and to her husband and two daughters, Mrs. E. L. Richardson, Mrs. Henry Scoville, and her only son S.F. Tucker, this bereavement comes with a heavy hand, as this Christian mother who was so devotedly attached to them all is going to her rest, free from all this terrible anguish, this burden of suffering, and her parting from them when she thought her Master had called for her nearly a week before she finally went from them will ever be remembered by those dear ones as she said "Good bye, now let me go," but her fine constitution triumphed and she lived on, conscious of life and the presence of her family, finally departing the 19th inst., and later her remains were deposited in our village cemetery, services at her home being attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, who attested to their high regard and esteem for their late friend who had gone before. J.H. Bascom has established quite an extensive business in the line of eggs, poultry, game in its season, in this place.
1531. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Willington.
Marvin Knowlton, Esq., the noted temperance orator delivered one of his finest orations at Hall's hall Wednesday night. Mr. Hall has invited him to lecture again soon of which due notice will be given in this paper.
1532. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Town Meeting Notice. The legal voters of the town of Windham are hereby warned to meet at the Town Hall on Church street Willimantic, on Monday October 6th, A.D. 1884 at 9 o'clock A.M. .. Charles A. Capen, Henry Larrabee, J.H. Moulton, Selectmen. Dated at Windham this 22nd day of September, A.D. 1884.
1533. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Mansfield.
The body of Mrs. Mary Cummings was interred in the spring Hill cemetery on Thursday of last week. Mrs. Cummings maiden name was Spencer and she was born on Block Island in 1805. Her parents came to Mansfield when she was quite young. She married Simeon Cummings with whom she lived happily throughout a long life, leaving him when the last sunset with her had passed, to descend the remaining steps of the ladder of life alone. She was an industrious woman, of rare ability and for many years a consistent member of the Baptist church. She was the mother of four children, only one of which survives her, the youngest a son, now living at Mystic Bridge.
Rev. Mr. Baker from Vermont preached at the Baptist chapel Sunday. It is said that he would like to supply the desk as a settled minister, but whether the church will offer him the place is not yet decided.
1534. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Andover.
The democrats had a beautiful day Friday for their flag raising. A large number of people from this and adjoining towns were present. Judge Gurley Phelps presided and the Columbia Band furnished the music. The flag was raised at half past two, and after music by the band Judge Phelps made an able and instructive address lasting half an hour. Sidney E. Clark Esq., of Hartford was then introduced, and spoke to the audience for over an hour in a very interesting manner, addressing himself particularly to the thinking part of the community.
Mr. Clark was followed by the Hon. George G. Sill of Hartford who spoke for an hour in a very able manner. He spoke more especially to the farmers and laboring people and gave some very convincing reasons why the republicans cannot be safely trusted longer with the care of their interests. Good reports were brought in from all the surrounding towns. Some republicans being reported from all of them who will not vote for Blaine. Among the many distinguished men present from adjoining towns were John Wright, D.C. Talbot, C. Hatch and W.A. Lathrop of Coventry; Geo. Bill Esq., of Norwich; Seth S. Collins, A.O. Wright, Esq., Wm. H. Yeomans and R.A. Thompson of Columbia; James A Way, Wm. S. Ellis and Andrew Page of Hebron; Norman Perkins of Mansfield.
The woodwork in the Congregational church is being painted, but it has not yet been decided whether to paint or fresco the walls.
At the meeting of the 1st Eccl. Society it was voted not to enlarge the cemetery. The town will probably have to take the matter in hand.
1535. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Grand Opening. Fall and Winter Millinery J.A. McAvoy & Co.'s.
1536. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Willimantic Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery. Next to Post Office. Card size Photos $1 per dozen for a short time only. The new and quick process used altogether. Artis Chadband.
1537. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Dissolution - The Co-partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned is dissolved by mutual consent. A.R. Burnham, E.P. Chesbro. Willimantic, Sept. 23d, 1884.
1538. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Married.
Ashley - Starkweather - In Wauregan Sept. 16th by Rev. S.H. Fellows, Mr. E. E. [or could be E.F.] Ashley and Miss Fanny E. Starkweather, both of Plainfield.
Neff - Cory - In Mansfield Sept. 23, by Rev. S.R. Free, Hatsill Neff of Chaplin and Miss Ellen Cory of Liberty Hill.
1539. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Died.
Dwyer - In Willimantic Sept. 21st. Joseph, son of Patrick Dwyer; aged 1 year.
Sept. 22, Geo. W. Walden; aged 9 months
Tucker - In Columbia Sept. 20, Susan Tucker; aged __ years.
Parish - In Chaplin, Sept. 23d, Mary Parish; aged 89 years.
Phelps - In Hebron Sept. 24, David Phelps; aged 77 years.
1540. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: At a Court of Probate holden at Ashford in and for the district of Ashford on the 17th day of September A.D. 1884. Present Davis A. Baker, Esq., Judge. On motion of Robert D.W. Knowlton and George B.M. Knowlton Administrators on the Estate of Edwin Knowlton late of Ashford within said district deceased. This Court doth decree that six month be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrators, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Ashford nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, Davis A. Baker, Judge.
1541. TWC Wed Sep 24, 1884: Milk Route Wanted. - Will buy a milk route, cows and complete outfit and pay cash. Apply at Chronicle Office.
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