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[Correspondence of the Boston Courier.] Brattleboro, March 11, 1864.--- This is the corner stone of the Green Mountain State---the cul de sac of its business and of its importance. In the olden time it was the nucleus of the stage coach interest, when spanking teams of horses such as no State but Vermont could produce, were used to whirl around the corners and to be brought to a stand...
The Brooks Library 1905 Description Of The Building. The building having already been described at length in our columns, a description of its exterior appearance need now only be summarized. The main structure is 50 by 28 feet in size, with a wing 38 1/2 by 40 feet for the library proper. The foundation is of ashler granite from the Dummerston quarry and the superstructure of pressed brick laid...
Reminiscences. Editor of the Vermont Phoenix: At some period in the early history of New England, a certain house was besieged by Indians. Some inmates of the house crawled under a bed, while others fought so successsfully that several Indians were slain, and the remainder, who were able to get away, retired. After this brilliant action, and it had been ascertained it was safe to leave the house to...
Henry David Thoreau The most interesting sight I saw in Brattleboro was the skin and skull of a panther (Felis concolor) (cougar, catamount, painter, American lion, puma), which was killed, according to a written notice attached, on the 15th of June by the Saranac Club of Brattleboro, six young men, on a fishing and hunting excursion. This paper described it as eight feet in extreme length and weighing one...
Josie Naulakha Summer's Day Rudyard Kipling's Letter To Robert Barr [28 July 1894] Arundell House/Tisbury Dear Barr, A regular weather-breeder of a day to-day -- real warmth at last and it waked in me a lively desire to be back in Main Street Brattleboro Vt. U.S.A. and hear the sody water fizzing in the drug-store and to discuss the outlook for the Episcopalian Church with the clerk; and get...
Vermont Phoenix, March 16, 1849. Song of the First Locomotive That Came to Brattleboro, February 1849. [Next Sunday, Feb. 20, will be the 49th anniversary of the opening to Brattleboro of the Vermont & Massachusetts railroad, and the arrival here of the first locomotive cars. In recognition of this event Mrs. Addison Brown, retaining in her 90th year vivid memory of the past and active interest in everything of...
Author Of A Century Of Dishonor_____________________________________________________________________________ Helen Hunt In Brattleboro. People and Scenes of Twenty-five Years Ago Recalled. It was about twenty years ago that I remember seeing Mrs. Hunt at the old Wesselhoeft Hotel in Brattleboro, Vt, though I had probably seen her earlier, as she, as well as my family, were in the habit of spending the autumn at this place. In those days Brattleboro was a...
Emily Dickinson We learn it in the Retreating How vast an one Was recently among us-- A Perished Sun Endear in the departure How doubly more Than all the Golden presence It was--before-- Here we trace those connections which show that it was indeed in the Otis H. Cooley gallery in which Emily Dickinson's portrait was taken. The early Emily Dickinson daguerreotype was taken possibly by Josiah Gilbert Holland...
Death of a Local Celebrity -- The Newfane Hermit ---Davis Brown, whose death was announced in the Phoenix of Nov. 1, was born Dec. 22d, 1807, in the town of Newfane. His father was a farmer, shoemaker, hatter, and a manufacturer of combs on a small scale, and was in quite easy circumstances for those days. Davis was the youngest of the family, which consisted of three boys and...
Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) advocated the extermination of the American Indian in his 1899 fantasy, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum was an Irish nationalist newspaper editor, a former resident of Aberdeen in the old Dakota Indian territory. His sympathies with the village pioneers caused him to invent the Oz fantasy to justify extermination. All of Baum's "innocent" symbols clearly represent easily recognizable frontier landmarks, political realities, and peoples....
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