Customs, Music & Misadventure

From The Charles Phelps Collection William C. Hatch's Debtor's Letter From Newfane Gaol Newfane Gaol Decr 9th 1826 Dear Sir, I feel much gratified to you for your approaching Jas. before I was committed and the messenger who brought it carried back to Guilford the letter which was sent to give me the liberties of the prison -- The Execution on which I am committed was issued contrary to...
William R. Stuart Photograph The Boy's Band Of Brattleboro In The Year 1878 Organization Which Held Rehearsals In Lewis Putnam's Harness Room Front row (left to right)---Arthur E. Knight, Julius C. Timson, Frank G. Knight, Ed F. Leitsinger, Arthur D. Wyatt, Fred H. Holden, Fred C. Leitsinger, Julian R. Rand. Back row (left to right)---Frank H. Brasor, Wallace W. Putnam, Fred A. Veet, William R. Stuart, Frank C. Williams,...
Looking Down Second Floor To Attic Flight These stairs leading to the attic are set at a steep pitch, thus saving floor space. The staggered side to side placement of the stairs are designed to make the ascent and descent less dangerous. Ethel Louise Waterman April 1899 Photograph By Caleb Lysander Howe Charles A. Boyden and his wife Ethel Louise Waterman, and Alice Boyden called this flight "witches stairs"---...
The American Farmers--- May they enjoy the rewards of their labor in abundant harvests, flowing vintage, full granaries, crowded barns, large dairies, teeming fields, lusty bullocks, glutted stalls, stout horses, fine fleeces, fat hogs, great potatoes, huge pumpkins, a good market, fair prices, no cheating---no visits by the worm, the fly, the grasshopper, the mildew, by early frosts, by direct taxes, by needless subscriptions, by sheriffs or constables---and beware...
Fred Cressy As Dick Deadeye H. M. S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved A Sailor W. S. Gilbert And Arthur Seymour Sullivan _____________________________________________________________________________ ---Pinafore, the everywhere popular opera, was brought out very successfully last week by the juvenile talent of the village. There was a large attendance Thursday evening and in addition to the matinee Friday afternoon, the entertainment, by request, was repeated Friday evening. The young performers entered...
Stella Brazzi, The Vermont Girl Who Has Won Success in Grand Opera in London. _____________________________________________________________________________ Star From Vermont. Mme. Stella Brazzi, Formerly Miss Harriet Brazor of Vermont, Makes Her Debut in London. A new American singer with remarkable gifts appeared at the Royal Opera in London the other night, and won an immense success. She is Mme. Stella Brazzi, contralto, who has been singing in grand opera at Nice...
Estey Organ Company Wagon Crates Shipped For London, Bremen, Boston, Paris J. B. Beers Atlas 1876 ---A large organ, very elaborately finished, was shipped by the Estey Company on Tuesday last for Richard Wagner, the celebrated musical composer of Baireuth, Prussia. The artist has composed an opera in the performance of which one of the Estey organs is to be used, and he ordered one for that special purpose....
Hydropath Engine Company Firemen Leather Bucket, Voice Amplifier, Nozzle Photograph By Caleb L. Howe ---Fire was discovered about half past seven o'clock last evening in the barn on Elliot Street owned by Mrs Alfred Simonds and adjoining the ell of her house. The blaze was first seen through a window in the southwest corner of the loft, and within a very few minutes the whole building was enveloped in...
An Old-Time Vermont Character. The Way Tom Stores of Brattleboro Got Drunk. From Our Special Correspondent. Brattleboro, Vt., Saturday, February 10. Probably not half a dozen people in town ever heard of Tom Stores who, 50 years ago or more, was a character here. Tom was a skilful mechanic and a very attentive workman for weeks in succession, but he was not always of abstemious habits, and when he...
Maj H. Smith Of Brattleboro. One of the Early "Gentry" of the Village--- Anxiety About the Proposed Reduction of Fares on the River Railroad From Our Special Correspondent. The name of Maj Henry Smith is inseparably associated with the social and political history of this town and county for nearly half a century, beginning back about as early as 1820. He belonged to that circle of old-timers familiarly known...
Dr. Frederick N. Palmer The young, professional music teacher Frederick N. Palmer came to Brattleboro in 1836 and remained for nine years. Palmer composed and published five popular waltzes and one rollicking polka, created the now extremely rare and expensive provisional "Brattleboro stamp", and worked as a dental surgeon with an office in "Hall's Long Building", one door south from Postmaster Franklin H. Fessenden's post office. Engd by Thos....
A Rare Show. Our citizens have just been favored with an exhibition of "The Sacrifice at Lystra, by Raphæl, in Tapestry." This is one of 25 designs taken from the life of the Savior, and the Acts of his Apostles, by that celebrated Artist, at the request of Pope Leo 10th. These designs were first painted, and the paintings used as patterns or copies by which the tapestries were...
Correction.--A correspondent of the Vermont Free Press publishes a couple of flat jokes, of three lines each, which he says he offered for publication to the Messenger, and the Inquirer. He adds, "I went into the Inquirer office---the editor was out, but the boy told me 'he guessed I hadn't better be at the trouble to look him up, for they didn't print any thing but religion in their...
The Recent Phenomena In The Heavens. The brilliant meteors observed in the sky on the 13th inst, have been noticed in various parts of our country as far south as the City of Norfolk, Virg. These 'falling stars' seemed to radiate from one spot in the heavens, about sixteen degrees south of the zenith, and shot downwards at various angles of declination, crossing each others' tracks. Many of these...
A Meteor.---A meteoric body was seen passing through the heavens over this village at apparently no very great height, on Friday evening of last week. The time was about ten o'clock and not more than a minute was occupied in the passage of the brilliant object. Its direction was from west to east. It lighted up the heavens with great brilliancy, and with its long and illuminating train it...
Masquerade Ball. What Took Place at Crosby Hall Last Night -- Gay Costumes and Bright Music -- Who Were Hid Behind the Masks. Dennis Rebekah Lodge gave a dress-as-you-please masquerade ball at Crosby hall last evening. Apparently everybody dressed as they pleased, and when gathered together, presented a decidedly picturesque scene. The Philharmonic orchestra ushered in the festivities, and rendered, "In Bridal Attire" overture, and "Softly Rang the Bells...
An Evening in Brattleboro. Brattleboro, as the guide book tells us, is celebrated for its beautiful scenery, its cultivated and intellectual society, and "last but not least," for its charming and romantic drives and walks. Having very pleasant reminiscences of a short sojourn in Brattleboro some years ago, during which time we made the ascent of Wantasquet, the mountain that stands overlooking the village like a sentinel; made an...
The Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Mansion Built On Land Purchased From The James Frost Estate The Elegant Family Mansion. Into which Mr. Crowell has Converted the Well-known Charlier House at the Head of High and Green Streets. The extensive repairs and improvements which Mr. Geo. E. Crowell has had in progress for nearly two years past on the house formerly known as "the Charlier place," but which Mr. Crowell...
Flag Presentation. The St. Michael's Temperance and Benevolent and the St. Mary's Ladies Mutual Help societies held a special meeting on Thursday evening of last week. When the meeting was called to order Miss Kate Brosnahan and Miss Bridget Moran presented a magnificent Irish flag to the St. Michael's T. & B. Society. The flag cost $100 and was purchased by the Catholic ladies of Brattleboro. It is very...
Stories from Packer Corners have been chosen from the research done by J. C. L. Clark of Lancaster, Mass. The autobiography of Nathan Noyes furnished much material. Stories have been handed down of the alleged uncanny performance of a woman who, probably late in the eighteenth century, bore the reputation, on the Guilford and Leyden borders, of being "a witch". It is not known for sure whether the Guilford...
Find Old Harp Hidden in Wall. Carpenters Uncover Rare Item in Morano House on Clark St. A relic of a past generation - a box-type harp which has been established to be at least 89 years old - was uncovered last week as carpenters working in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Morano at 18 Clark street discovered it built into a partition on the second floor and...
The Social Triumph Of The Season. Perhaps the Prettiest Party Brattleboro Ever Saw. The Brooks House the Scene of a Brilliant Affair - Dancing Party Given by Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Carpenter. Without a doubt the social triumph of the season and probably in all Brattleboro annals, was the dancing and card party which was given by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Chapin Carpenter at the Brooks House Wednesday...
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