Squabble Hollow


Squabble Hollow, 1856 McClellan Map.jpg

Squabble Hollow In 1856

Jacob Estey's Melodeon Factory In Building With Clerstory

Estey & Kathan's Tombstones In Front


Fatal Stabbing


Last Monday evening an affray occurred in this village, which resulted in the death of one of the parties. A man by the name of Thomas Hall entered the house of Mr Bennett, about 9 o'clock in the evening, and insisted on remaining there over night contrary to the wishes of Mr Bennett. Mr Peter Moore who boarded at Mr Bennett's assisted him in ejecting Hall from the house, when Hall turned, drew a knife from his pocket, made a thrust at Moore, and then ran towards the Connecticut River Bridge. Moore exclaimed "he has stabbed me, I am, a dead man." He was assisted to the house and the wound examined, which exhibited a frightful gash more than two inches long through which the intestines protruded abundantly. He died about 11 o'clock the same night.


Hall was arrested near the bridge, and a knife was found in the vicinity which was identified, as one seen in his possession early in the evening. He was examined on Tuesday before R. Tyler Esq, and committed to jail to await trial at the approaching term of the County Court. An inquest on the body of Moore was held before L. G. Mead Esq, and the jury found that the death resulted from the wound inflicted by Hall.


Semi-Weekly Eagle, August 14, 1851.


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Jacob Estey


In 1848, he erected a large building near the south bridge on Main street, where for many years stood the old wagon shop owned by Eleazor Farnsworth. The upper stories of this new building were devoted to the manufacture of melodeons, as the instruments were then called. This business had been carried on here in a small way several years previous to the time Mr. Estey engaged, with others, in the manufacture of these instruments. The demand for instruments rendered more room needful, and another larger building was erected south of the bridge, in that locality known in early times as "Squabble Hollow." The early names of some of our village localities are not very attractive. The neighborhood of the "Omnibus" was known as "Polecat," and at the north where is the Park or Common, "Toad Hill." How the name of "Squabble Hollow" originated we have not been informed, but we know there was a deadly squabble in one of the old low buildings of this locality in the summer of 1850. There and at that time, Peter Moore, in a quarrel with a French Canadian, received a fatal stab in the abdomen. By removing the old unsightly buildings and wiping out "Squabble Hollow," Messrs. Jacob Estey & Co. made an important improvement in this part of the village.


Henry Burnham, Brattleboro, p. 143.


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