Tues Jul 8 1879: Local Items.
Mrs. Joseph Wood and family returned from South Carolina last Friday.
Elisha B. Avery was thrown from a wagon yesterday and received injuries that will probably lay him up for some time.
An Athletic club is the latest sensation among our young men. It will be less dangerous and more sensible than base ball.
We publish by request, on inside page an article from the Syracuse Standard on the life and character of Mr. Cyrus H. Kingsley, a native of Lebanon.
The Willimantic Linen Co. has purchased a tract of 20,000 acres of white birch land in Piscataquis Co. Maine, and will establish a spool factory on the ground there.
Fewer accidents than usual, occurred on the 4th in Willimantic, and we have not even heard of a single boy having the skin all burned off his face with powder on that day.
2308. Tues Jul 8 1879: J.M. Avery has purchased a span of horses and a good hack, and is ready to receive orders. He carries passengers with their baggage, to and from trains for 25 cents, which is quite a reduction from the usual Willimantic prices.
2309. Tues Jul 8 1879: A man obtained a license yesterday to sell perfumery on the street. Shortly afterwards, Mr. J.G. Keigwin found a man engaged in a gambling operation on the street. On being asked for his license, he showed the perfumery license, which was promptly destroyed, the money refunded, and the swindler ordered to leave--which he did without delay.
2310. Tues Jul 8 1879: While Frank Carroll was cutting wood at his door, in the lower village last Friday morning, he was assaulted by Michael Haggerty, and received several stabs and cuts with a pocket knife. There seems to have been an old grudge between the two men, and Haggerty says that Carroll struck the first blow, and that he drew his knife in self-defence. Haggerty is in keeping, awaiting the result of Carroll's wounds. Carroll is likely to recover.
2311. Tues Jul 8 1879: Our citizens had a warm time for a town meeting on Thursday, but there was a good attendance notwithstanding. Voted to accept Mr. J.P. Hamlin's proposition to furnish a lock-up of four or five cells at an annual rent of $100.
2312. Tues Jul 8 1879: Cyrus H. Kingsley. Some words in reference to the character of his life. The late Cyrus H. Kingsley, of Van Buren, was a remarkable man in many respects, and was qualified by experience and knowledge to fill almost any position in life relating to general matters. He was one of the most industrious readers of books and newspapers in our country. His intelligence was such that he could interest one for hours with his varied knowledge of men and other important matters. His knowledge extended over a period covering three-quarters of a century. Of agriculture and its application, he had intimate knowledge, at least up to within ten or fifteen years of his death. Cyrus H. Kingsley was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, August 31, 1789; he died December 16, 1878. He went to Kinderhook in 1811, taught school there one year, and subsequently located temporarily in Granby, Oewego county, in 1812. Not satisfied with Granby, he went to Van Buren, and located on the farm now occupied by ex-Supervisor A.W. Bingham. He went out as a soldier in the war of 1812. Had he lived until August 31, 1879, he would have attained the age of ninety years. He always enjoyed good health, and when young, resolute and strong, and full of hope, he purchased, in the spring of 1815, the then wilderness farm where his surviving wife now resides, and where he himself died. On the 16th of November, 1815,he married Miss Hannah Sears, with whom he lived sixty three years, and by whom he had nine children, six sons and three daughters, five of whom are now living. Two of his sons live west; Oliver in Waterloo, Indiana; Cyrus, in Hillsdale, Michigan; and Algenon on the old farm in Van Buren. His two daughters are both residents of this county. Mrs. Lewis Talmadge resides in Van Buren; Mrs. Morehouse lives in Liverpool. One of the daughters who is now dead, married the Hon. Charles Blake, of Outumwa, Iowa. Cyrus H. Kingsley's father was a Revolutionary soldier. Cyrus H. Kingsley was a member of the Constitutional convention of 1846. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors for several years in this county. He was a man of most excellent common sense and good judgement. His views on the great questions of the day were always on the right side. He was a Democrat for many years, and he well knew the true meaning of the word Democracy, and we believe understood it differently from many of the modern-day Democrats. For many years of the latter portion of his life, he was an ardent Republican, devoted to the success of the great Republican party in its relations appertaining to the salvation of the country, during the great struggle, and to its proud record since that memorable struggle. Mr. Kingsley leaves an enviable record. His honesty was proverbial. His devotedness to sound principles was characteristic of the man. He had lived nearly a century to witness the mighty growth of this great country, now numbering forty-five millions of people. His every-day conversation with his fellow-townsmen indicated in most terse language how well he knew of the strides of science and agriculture, and a thousand and one other important things constantly looming up to make us the foremost people on the globe. It would be well for this country, were all its citizens as exemplary and intelligent as was Cyrus H. Kingsley, of whom we can speak only in the kindest words for his fidelity to principle, honesty of purpose, and nobleness of heart.--Syracuse Standard N.Y.
2313. Tues Jul 8 1879: Andover Atoms.
Mr. Charles Peck and Mother of Norwich, are on a visit to Andover , their former home.
Hon. John F. Jones went from this place on the $2,50 excursion to Boston on the 4th. The express, which never stopped here before paid him the compliment of stopping to let him off on his return.
The Ladies' Society will meet with Miss Lucy Loomis on Wednesday of this week.
Mr. George Cleaveland is greatly afflicted with "Job's comforters."
Rev. Joseph Bailey preached at the Baptist church last Sunday.
The picnic at Mrs. Bingham's grove on the 4th was a very pleasant affair. There was also one held with Mrs. Edward Button. The ice cream is spoken of as a very agreeable feature, and one which did credit to the manufacturer.
The communion service at the Baptist church last Sunday was conducted by Messrs. Lovell and Chapman of this place.
It is expected that Mr. Edward Reed of Albany will arrive in town July 8th.
Mr. D.M. Burroughs has recovered from his illness, and is out among us again.
2314. Tues Jul 8 1879: Chaplin Chat.
The Glorious 4th was celebrated by a picnic in the grove belonging to Miss Althea Lyon adjoining her residence. Everything passed pleasantly, but soon after the refreshments were served a coming thunder shower warned the people to hurry home. A few tardy ones were caught and obliged to seek shelter in sheds and houses. The interest of the occasion was somewhat dampened by the fact that Mr. Ashley, our chorister, who lives very near the grounds lay in a very critical condition, and suffering severely from difficulty in breathing. He has been feeble for some time, but had failed rapidly of late.
A court was held Saturday morning, and adjourned until Tuesday, to adjust the claims of different parties to the estate of Erastus Canada. There seems to be in existence two different wills and different executors. We notice in one or two papers Mr. Canada is called a revolutionary pensioner. Revolutionary pensioners are quite scarce in this town, but pensioners of 1812 can be found.
2315. Tues Jul 8 1879: Pleasant Valley Prunings.
Mr. Charles Atwood has returned from the South safe and sound, and it is hoped, has done much good in supplying the people with useful articles.
Mr. N.B. Perkins is now taking orders for books among the elevated railroad men in New York City.
It is said that S.J. Tilden recently made a "barl of money" in these elevated road stocks. We think that the head of the barl may "drap" out in 1880.
Mr. J.D. Larnard, our old school teacher, now a student in college in Syracuse, N.Y., is visiting at Mr. J. J. Andrews'.
Last Friday, the 4th, many people had a pleasant time at Pleasant Valley Park. The sport began about 1 o'clock with a ball game. Then came the horse trots, ending with a foot race. In the three-minute class of horses there were four starters, as follows: Mr. J.L. Parsons' horse known on the track as the Windham horse, E. Lincoln's black horse Billy, Albert Hicks' horse, no name, and Charles Clark's Tinker. The first heat, the horses got a good send-off. The Windham horse soon took the pole, and easily won the heat; time, 2:51. Billy 2d, Tinker 3d, Hicks' horse 4th. The second heat was a repetition of the fist, Mr. Parsons' horse taking the lead at first and keeping it, and it appeared to us that he could keep just about as far from the others as his driver cared to have him. Tinker came in 2d, Billy 3d and Hicks' horse 4th. We think it just to say that Mr. Hicks' horse was not in its usual good condition. In the 2:30 class, there were three starters, viz: D.H. Clark's pacer, Barbara, Little Romp, and National, owned by Messrs. Cole & Bennett of the National hotel. This was an interesting race, as the horses kept close together. Romp and National had to run some to keep up with Barbara, but on they flew, the pacer winning in 2:24 1/2. Romp 2d, National 3d. The second heat was much like the first, the pacer being too fast for the others, and winning in 2:44. At this time rain began to fall, so the third heat was not trotted, but the foot race then took place. Four men started, viz: Godfrey Willard, John Culver, Charles Duncan and one other. Culver won the race,--half-mile--in 2:21. Culver and Willard were not more than three feet apart when they came in. There was to have been a tight-rope walk, but the shower interfered. A large number of ladies was present, and the people seemed to appreciate the efforts of Dr. Hamlin to please and amuse them.
2316. Tues Jul 8 1879: Scotland Squibs.
The ladies of the Congregational society had a very pleasant celebration on the 4th. Rev. A.A. Hurd presided over the ceremonies in the afternoon. The Declaration of Independence was read by Mr. Ernest Waldo. Addresses were made by Prof. E.P. Barrows of Oberlin University, and Mr. Warren Bingham of this place. Miss Mary Dorrance read "The Heart of Seventy Six" an original poem by Miss Jane Gay Fuller, who also contributed a poem entitled "Uncle Sam's Home" for the evening exercises. About $40 was cleared which will be used in repairing the church organ and other needed improvements.
About 75 gathered to eat clam chowder at Mr. Sweet's on the 4th.
The Burnham families and connections had a private celebration on the 4th.
Mr. J.L. Cady has gone to Rocky Point for the Summer.
The Centre school, Mrs. E.P. Baldwin teacher, closed last Thursday. The school numbered sixteen pupils.
Mr. S.S. Safford has in his garden one of the finest onion beds in town.
Mr. Albert Safford of Preston is to help Mr. John Hovey in haying this season.
2317. Tues Jul 8 1879: A Hint to the Ladies. Mr. Editor.--Some of your readers may deem the writer of this article, anything but a gentleman, while others will concur in the sentiments. I have many times been perplexed in going down the stairs of churches, and at other public gatherings, by being directly in the rear of a lady with trailing dress. This was the case recently, in an unusually crowded church. The crowd were pressing behind me, while I was obliged to keep one stair clear for some dry goods to drag over it, as gracefully as we often see them wiping tobacco juice from the sidewalk. If she had looked over her shoulder (did you ever see them do so?) to see how pretty it looked, I should have pointed to it. She was excusable for not lifting one extremity, (did you ever see them do so?) and make a grab at the bottom, but she might at least have reached behind and kept the way clear. If ever again placed under similar circumstances, I shall step with both feet on that "beautiful trail." Ladies beware. H.W. Willimantic June 30th.
2318. Tues Jul 8 1879:
Charley Ross has been found once more this time in Quebec. Mr. Ross is going to investigate the case.
Morgan G. Bulkley has been elected president of the Aetna Life Insurance Co. in place of T.O. Enders who declined a re-election.
Miss Josie Dunbar aged 20 was burned to death on Friday at Matteawan N.Y. in consequence of the explosion of fire crackers under her clothing where they were thrown by the boys.
2319. Tues Jul 8 189: Married.
Gallup-Crane--In Ludlow, Vermont, June 18, by Rev. J.A. Johnston, George B. Gallup and Martha J. Crane, both of Willimantic.
2320. Tues Jul 8 1879: Died.
Sweet--In Lebanon, July 1, S. Elizabeth, wife of Dr. Charles Sweet, aged 47.
Card--In Lebanon, July 4, Joshua B. Card Sr., aged 74.
Follett--In Windham, July 4, Mary, wife of Marvin Follett, aged 72.
Ladd--In Franklin, July 1, Buell Ladd, aged 86.
Broadhurst--In Mansfield, July 5th, Emma Broadhurst, aged 14.