William Gould


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From The Vermont Phoenix


Tin-Lined Lead Pipe


Governor of Vermont Levi K. Fuller rendered this tribute to William Gould in his paper, "Vermont in a Century of Invention", read to the Professional Club on Monday evening, March 20, 1893---


William Gould of Brattleboro was a man of peculiar fertility of mind in matters connected with water works and plumbing appliances. While he made several other intventions, his greatest was that for making lead pipe, and lead pipe with tin lining. This occurred between 1840 and 1850. The machine was finally sold for old iron, though parts of it are still in existence. Although both these inventions involved interests representing immense sums of money, they never came to general public notice, and it is believed that Mr. Gould's idea was seized upon and developed by two strangers who were introduced to him by a Brattleboro friend.


Brattleboro Reformer, March 24, 1893.


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Levi K. Fuller


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Before his work with melodeons and cottage organs, Jacob Estey made a fortune in the manufacture of lead pipes for the Brattleboro water supply. Jacob Estey's competitor in lead pipe was William Gould.


When it became widely known that lead from the pipes in the drinking water was not healthy, efforts were made to solve this problem. Hence the tin lining---and two men of conscience.


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Death Of Wm. Gould


This event, for which the community will not be wholly unprepared, occurred last night at his home, to which he has been mostly confined during the winter from a progressive paralysis. It is probably safe to say no citizen of Brattleboro was more universally known than he, and none would be more generally missed, both by reason of his marked individuality and his useful and indispensable calling, which he pursued unremittingly for more than fifty years. He was a native of this town, having been born in Centreville Nov. 18th, 1814, and with the exception of three years, when a boy, in which he lived with an uncle at Bellows Falls, he has always been a resident of Brattleboro. At 15 years of age he hired the small house at the corner of North Main and North streets, and there made a home for his mother (previously a charge upon the town), and subsequently for his brother, and cared for both while they lived, having himself no resources save his daily labor. He was three times married. A son and daughter by his first wife are now living in Massachusetts. He married his last wife, Widow Emily Franklin, Jan. 13th, 1848. She and a son of theirs survive him in this place.


In some respects Mr. Gould was a remarkable man. He was of an inventive, mechanical turn of mind, and seemed to take up intuitively the principles of hydraulics, which he applied successfully in the practice of his calling--that of a practical plumber. To this trade, as such, he never served an apprenticeship, but became, by reason of his natural ingenuity, a skillful and thorough workman. For many years he was much employed by the Vermont and Massachusetts railroad company, also the Connecticut River and Valley railroads, in constructing their station water works, and overcoming hydraulic difficulties, for which he had a special genius. During the war he was employed to construct the works for the supply of water to the United States hospital, located here, which he did, greatly to the satisfaction of the Government authorities, by means of a water ram.


But he will nowhere be more missed than at the Asylum for the Insane at this place, where for forty-five years he has had sole charge of all the hydraulic work and plumbing in detail. Here to-day may be seen to best advantage his practical work, not only in all the thirty-one water closets and bath rooms of that establishment, but in all the aqueduct connections with reservoir and distributing tanks included in its system of works.


His service at the asylum dates from the year 1841 and has been continuous to the present year. The commencement of his work is connected with an incident he was in his later years fond of relating. The main buildings of this institution were commenced by the erection of the centre and one wing west, in 1838. A plumber from Worcester, Mass., was then employed. In 1841 the first wing east of the centre was erected. This enlargement of the building necessitated additional water supply and some shares in the village aqueduct were purchased, and a supply pipe laid in connection therewith. When connected no water could be made to flow through, although there were many feet of fall. The plumber who had done the work, after vain experiments to overcome the resistance of the air in the pipes, which held back the water, gave up and left, either to devise other means, or in disgust. Mr. Gould was then living on Chase street near by, but had not earned a reputation. Dr. Rockwell went to see him and desired him to try his hand at it. By a simple and purely original device he accomplished the desired object in a single day's experiment. Henceforth he was assured of employment at the asylum, and the doctor wrote the other party he need not return to the job, as "he had found a boy up here who could make water run down hill."


For the asylum Mr. Gould always entertained a feeling as a child for the old homestead, and it need not be said the officers and employees of that institution entertained a reciprocal feeling, which will be manifested in their attendance upon his funeral, which will take place from his late residence at half past two o'clock on Sunday next.


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Vermont Phoenix, February 19, 1886.

Obituary by Dr. Joseph Draper.


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Dr. Joseph Draper


William Gould's hydraulic ram during Civil War days raised water from the falling Venter's brook and William F. Richardson's pond up to the level of Camp Holbrook and to the United States General Hospital, on the later Valley Fair grounds.


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Black History Month Display In The Town Hall

Brattleboro Historical Society


Caveat Emptor

Not A House On The Underground Railroad


Researchers in black history in Vermont should be aware that this house on High Street has no documented connection at all with fugitive slaves, Antislavery, or the Underground Railroad. This house was probably built in late 1869, and possibly later, but in any case, years after slavery days. No map shows any house on this site until then.


The two small chambers, dry walled with field stone and connected by a tunnel---that were found under the front porch there are obviously septic pits that were built before indoor plumbing became common. Cesspits, in any case, that no escaping slave would ever consent to sink into under any circumstances.


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A plumber's heavy lead "T" shaped cylindrical strainer or sieve, filled with many 1/4 inch round holes was found in the larger pit. The purpose of this T-pipe was to connect the wastewater inlet with the leach field without disturbing the surface scum or crust.


The remains of several tools necessary for the removal of sediment buildup were also at this site. The large slate slab on the chamber floor was probably an additional dividing wall. The High Street hill was the perfect place for this septic system, which worked by gravity alone.


The Vermont Record and Farmer for October 22, 1875 carries the article "The High Street Sewer", which claims that "quite a portion" of the houses there had cess-pools at this time, which were effective, and never placed near any wells or springs that provided drinking water.


The partial draining, exploration, and measuring of this one cesspit was conducted in April 1987 by a group of concerned people, and detailed in a later report. Their work is recalled briefly in an article with the inaccurate headline, "Underground Railroad Had Stations in Brattleboro", published on February 8, 1994 in the Brattleboro Reformer.


This municipal building first floor hallway display is an admittedly entertaining fantasy, but it is distracting and misleading for visiting students---and for anyone who has a genuine interest in learning the rewarding truths that are to be discovered in local or national black history. Hopefully this entire unfounded notion will be allowed to slide into obscurity.


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Discovery


The discovery that Hepzibah Pyncheon is a witch, executed in an inner story within The House of the Seven Gables, and the discovery of the like-wise concealed story of the drowning of Clifford Pyncheon, came on September 3, 1983.


This was during work with Professor Margaret Higonnet of the University of Connecticut/Storrs and her stable of eight readers for Yale University Press representing Children's Literature.


Our projected article concerned the extensive allusions in the "The House of the Seven Gables" to the Sleeping Beauty legend, to Virgil's Aeneid, and to the Biblical Garden of Eden---describing how Hawthorne adapted these works to his contemporary America.


This work continued from late July to early October 1983, when the entire project was abandoned, Margaret Higonnet then claiming excessive length as the apparent reason.


This manuscript material concerning the legend of the Sleeping Beauty, Virgil's Aeneid, and the Garden of Eden in America was then published as Chapter Two in my "Forgotten Dreams: Ritual in American Popular Art (New York: Vantage Press, 1987). This work is still copyrighted.


Margaret Higonnet asked me at one point to discuss the long-standing academic and critical controversy over the strange and apparently overly-sentimental "happy ending" of The House of the Seven Gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne has traditionally been admired for the "rhinoceros hide" that he wore for protection against unnecessary sentimentality, so, this "happy ending" seemed to be extremely uncharacteristic for Hawthorne.


This single question by Higonnet and the academics focused my attention acutely, and my discovery of Hawthorne's secret narratives for Hepzibah Pyncheon and Clifford Pyncheon followed quite readily in the course of one afternoon in a pleasant apartment on Reed Street in Brattleboro, overlooking the Connecticut River, that September 3, 1983.


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The Old Grist Mill

Brewster, Massachusetts, Cape Cod

Photograph By Laura Burnham Hainsworth Of Pittsfield, Massachusetts


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John Hainsworth


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William St. John With Family Genealogy Chart


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William St. John, Westinghouse Electric Patent

Fine Wire Drawing Furnace, November 23, 1954


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Newspaper Notices

June 1840

To Road Builders. The subscribers give notice that they will sell at Auction the road to be built, leading from John Cutting's in Brattleboro, to Sam'l Allen's in Guilford, on Saturday the 6th day of June, at 12 o'clock, noon.

June 1862

We learn that Major Goodhue has already obtained twenty recruits for the Windham County Company, for the 9th Vermont Regiment, and that there is an excellent prospect that the ranks will be filled at an early day. Now is an excellent time for all men patriotically inclined to serve their country. Aside from this the inducements are $20 per month and $100 bounty, with a prospect of a short term of service.

June 1862

Since the whistle, attached to the boiler at the Melodeon Factory, has come to be recognized as an 'institution' throughout our own and indeed the neighboring towns, 'tis fair that the public should know what all this 'tooting' is about. The legitimate use of the whistle is for the signals given at 6 o'clock, morning; twelve, noon; and one and six o'clock afternoon; -- thus furnishing a convenient standard of time for all who come within its sound. It's use at any other time, in the way of short and repeated 'toots,' will signify that "sun thin's burning."

June 1862

For the first time during several years a night cry of "Fire!" resounded through our village, about 2 o'clock in the morning of Tuesday last. At that time fire was discovered in the attic of the stone building connected with and forming a part of the Revere House, an in a few minutes the flames succeeded the smoke in coming through the roof. The prompt arrival of the engines and the proximity of an abundant supply of water soon removed all damage of an extensive conflagration.

June 1862

There is now growing on the farm of Dea. Abel Carpenter, in the west part of town, an apple tree measuring twelve feet and six inches circumference at two feet from the ground. Nearer the ground its circumference is thirteen feet and two inches. The tree is tall and thrifty, and the bark is smooth and healthy. It bids fair to stand and bear fruit for many years.

June 1891

H. O. Coolidge is having the Brooks House stables repaired and improved, and wired for lighting by incandescent electric light.

June 1891

Dr. Draper spent Wednesday on the mountain with a party of workmen opening views through the trees and shrubbery at the angles and other points of observation on the mountain road. The openings thus made give outlooks upon the village and up and down the valley and on the hills around.

June 1896

W. H. Child's meteorological record for the past 11 years has been placed in the Free library for safe keeping. This record was taken with self-recording instruments. It makes two large volumes.


June 1890

Some excitement was caused one day last week by the discovery of a supposed crazy man on the Richardson farm, south of the fairground. He was walking to and fro in a frantic manner, shouting in a loud voice, and at times flourishing a cane. Investigation showed that the supposed maniac was a member of the McElroy theatre company who sought a sequestered spot where, uninterrupted, he could rehearse a thrilling part in a tragedy.

June 1879

Orion Clark has "put up" Leonard's monkey, that died last winter, with great skill and ingenuity, and in a style which shows a correct appreciation of monkey nature.

June 1872

Thanks to our bailiffs, Brattleboro is at length to have a drinking fountain for man and beast. It will be of iron, similar in design to those adopted in New York City, and will be located by the oak tree at the corner of High and Main streets. With a good drinking fountain in operation there will be less excuse for the consumption of beer and other expensive fluids, and a consequent saving of morality and money.

June 1872

The Brooks House will commence operations next Monday, but the formal opening will not occur until the 20th inst. The program for this event is not fully arranged, but a ball and a parade of the fire department will doubtless be among the features.

June 1872

A new reservoir for the use of the fire department is in the process of construction at the corner of High and Main streets, the capacity of which will be 100,000 gallons. Another of less capacity is to be located at Canal street.


June 1878

A section of Main street in front of the Brooks House is being repaired or "improved," by an excavation to the depth of about two feet, and filling in with large cobble stones and Hinsdale mica slate chips.


June 1877

Work was begun Monday, on the new bank wall on Green street, near the old Baptist church, by which the street is to be widened and the grade reduced, in accordance with the decision of the commissioners.


June 1877

The eastern and larger portion of the express office is being converted into a billiard room for the accommodation of guests of the Brooks House. The other part of the room will still be used as an express office.

June 1877

The new High school bell was placed in position so as to be rung for the first time at the beginning of the week. Its tone is exceedingly pleasant and musical and can be heard throughout the village. The bell is of bell metal, weighs 350 lbs., cost $130, and is from the well-known Meneely bell foundry, West Troy, N. Y.

June 1883

The High School graduating exercises, which were given in the town hall last Friday evening, called out an audience larger than the hall could hold, and were of a most interesting and satisfactory character. The names of the graduating class were Jennie Rose, Sewall Morse, Fred Howe, Clifton Sherman, Lucy Atherton, Frank Leonard, Etta Scott, Nellie Burnham, Nellie Goodrich and Florence Morse. Of these the first three named gave essays; the remainder gave recitations and declamations.

June 1888

The electrical display which attended the thunder storm on Wednesday evening was one of the most remarkable ever seen in this vicinity. For a space of about two hours after 8 o'clock the flashes of lightning were almost continuous and so vivid as to show objects both near and distant as in the daytime. The play of the fluid upon Wantastiquet made a scene long to be remembered.

June 1888

Cashier Marshall did a deed Tuesday night which called out a round of deserved applause and won him many personal compliments. A runaway horse was coming down Main street at a dangerous pace and two helpless women were in the carriage. Everybody else swung his arms and yelled "whoa," while Mr. Marshall calmly stepped out, seized the horse by the head and stopped him, saving the women and everybody else from injury.


June 1860

The Universal Plow -- The celebrated house of Nourse, Mason, & Co., of Boston are manufacturing a combination plow, invented by Frederick Holbrook of this village, which, by changes in the size and form of the mould-board used, will perform half a dozen different kinds of work, and by changing other parts at the same time, as many more varieties of work can be produced with equal skill and effect.

June 1871

Those people contemplating suicide may have their desires gratified by travelling their teams smartly across the bridge over the Whetstone brook, near Mr. Loomis's blacksmith shop. The chance is good, and "not to be sneezed at."

June 1876

The New York express train will leave that city at 11 o'clock instead of 10 a.m., as now, and though it will quicken its speed a little, the train will not arrive here till quarter to six, an unseasonable and inconvenient hour, which will discommode alike travellers, the stages, and the public generally. Another unpleasant feature of the change is that the new London and Boston train will be compelled to wait at South Vernon a full hour.

June 1882

A matter for future remembrance: that in this year of grace 1882, apple trees in Brattleboro were in full blossom the first week of June.

June 1882

The public library books have been set up according to the old catalogue, and the work of cataloguing under the new system is ready to begin. It is hoped to have the library ready for the use of the public by July 1. A list of new books for purchase is being made up, and it will be in order for any person who has a preference or suggestion to make on this point to let it be known to the trustees.

June 1893

The stairs leading from Prospect to South Main are being built.


June 1881

Rock has been reached for the entire foundation of the new railroad station, and excavation of twelve feet and some blasting, which is now in progress, being necessary at the southeast corner. The work laying the foundation walls has already begun.

June 1892

The famous nurses, Sairy Gamp and Betsey Prig, have consented to be present at the Dickens carnival June 23.


June 1898

The first band of gypsies of the season are encamped on Williams street. They have with them a fortune teller who is the seventh daughter, etc.

June 1898

The Chase street school, taught by Miss Florence Lamson, has been closed through fear of scarlet fever, which has broken out among the scholars. Several pupils are ill with sore throats, and it is feared scarlet fever will result. There were eight cases of measles among the pupils of this school a year ago.


June 1859

One day last week Geo. H. Salisbury found in examining some bales of paper rags at the depot in this village, that somebody had made holes in the bales and abstracted from thence a quantity of their contents. The next night he secreted himself among the freight and watched for the depredators. It was not long before two Irish lads made their appearance who, finding themselves as they supposed unobserved, renewed their operations. They were soon nabbed by Mr. S., brought before a magistrate and fined $1.00 each and costs.

June 1840

The lovers of good music are informed that a Concert of Vocal and Instrumental music will be given this evening, Thursday, by Mr. and Mrs. Chipp, from Philadelphia, at Wheeler's Hall.


June 1862

Brown & Hart of Claremont, N. H. have made a contract to build the bridges over West and Connecticut rivers, in place of those swept away by the late flood. The bridges are to be of the "Lock patent," and the price paid by the town for one, and by the Hinsdale Bridge Corporation for the other, is $19 per lineal foot.

June 1874

Henry Ward Beecher has been engaged to open the next course of lectures here, the second week of October. If we mistake not, Mr. Beecher hasn't lectured in Brattleboro since he became the pastor of Plymouth church.


June 1885

E. E. Stockwell, who has the contract for delivering Barrows & Co.'s coal, will have a one-horse delivery team on the road within a fortnight of which any man might well be proud. He bought a six year old Norman, raised in Ohio, standing 16 hands high, weighing 1620 lbs, and is perfectly developed in every way - the handsomest workhorse ever brought to Brattleboro. The horse cost nearly $400 delivered here, and a $90 harness is being made for him.


June 1891

Two bicycles, both the first of their kind ever brought into town, are attracting the attention of wheelmen at F. A. Hubbard's store. One of these is a Featherstone pneumatic bicycle, that is, it has the pneumatic or inflated tires. The tires are only one-fourth of an inch thick, and are blown up with an ordinary air pump. When full of air, they are several inches in circumference. There is no question but this style of tire will within two years be generally adopted.


June 1891

A large number of logs are now passing down the river, and the usual boom has been put in from the "cove" down to the bridge. It will probably be six more weeks before all the logs have passed Brattlleboro. This is the largest drive which the company has ever sent down the river, and about 600 men are employed.


June 1891

A movement has been started this week for a grand display of fireworks on the evening of July 4. It is proposed to raise at least $300, and to engage a man from Boston to have charge of the display, which will be from the island. It is expected the display will be the finest ever seen in this vicinity.


June 1857

Mr. Allen has opened a Hair Dressing and Bathing saloon under the Revere House. The latter particularly was much needed. We hope it will be well patronized as its proprietor seems to be fitted to merit patronage.


June 1857

Our distinguished townsman, Anthony Van Doorn, Esq., arrived in town last week after an absence of nearly eight months, during which time he has made the tour of Europe. During his absence he has lectured to large and fashionable audiences in London and Paris and, if we mistake not, in some other leading cities, upon the Caves and Caverns of America.


June 1861

Company C., 2nd Regiment, left this village for Camp Underwood at Burlington on Thursday of last week. They were escorted to the Depot by the Mazeppa Engine company, who turned out with nearly full ranks not withstanding the rain. At the Depot fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, wives, children and friends had gathered to bid them a tearful good bye and to take them by the hand -- perhaps for the last time.


June 1873

Messrs. J. Estey & Company are building a new shop - No. 8 - in line with the others, on Birge street. An office building, to stand on the opposite side of the street, is in contemplation.


June 1879

The fires on and beyond Wantastiquet the present season have been more destructive and covered a greater extent of territory than persons who have not visited the spot have any idea of. The burned district extends over the entire northern end of Wantastiquet and eastward to a considerable distance beyond Mine mountain, embracing hundreds of acres in all.


June 1902

In excavating for the Main street drain this week the workmen came upon a quantity of granite chips, broken glass, etc., under the corner of the sidewalk near the People's National bank, which apparently had been dumped there at the time the bank building was erected on the site of the Revere House.


June 1856

Meetings of those who sympathize with the suffering Free State men and women of Kansas, have been held in Putney, Dummerston, West Brattleboro, and we believe in other towns and villages during the present week. The mass of our citizens were never before so stirred in their innermost hearts as they are now moved by the recent aggressions of Slavery. Their blood fairly boils, and the reports of each succeeding day only increases the indignation they feel. We think that with but little difficulty a large company of men could be raised in this county for the defence of freedom in Kansas.

June 1872

The Brooks House, Messrs. Allen & Bodwell proprietors, was opened on Monday, under the management of Mr. Bodwell, with Henry A. Kilburn, formerly of the Revere House, as clerk. The new hotel is most elegantly and thoroughly furnished. Cards of invitation have been issued for the "grand sociable," on the 20th inst., which is to form the occasion of the opening ceremonies.


June 1878

Some of the Chesterfield boys who were in town on Decoration day object to our last week's statement that the three cases of drunkenness then mentioned were from their town. It seems that the three fellows who were so foolish as to get drunk on that day were from East Putney.


June 1889

The Brooks House elevator is in running order, and adds greatly to the convenience of the guests. Its cage of gilt wire lattice and car of quartered oak is an attractive feature in the office.


June 1895

The name of Asylum street was changed recently to Linden street, but it now appears that a street of that name was laid out and registered five or six years ago, although it is still unoccupied. The first Linden street is to the north of Myrtle street and parallel to it.


June 1838

Birge, Brackett & Co. would inform their friends and the public, that they have commenced doing business in the sale of Books. They intend to keep an assortment of the most valuable Religious works, the best Literary productions, and the most approved School Books together with Stationary, &c. They have already on hand a few choice books and expect others soon. They will sell for low prices and for Cash only.


June 1866

Amy Stone's Troupe, to perform at the Town Hall on the 14th, 15th, and 16th inst., are said to be superior performers, and will produce the popular plays of "Fanchon , the Cricket," and "The Pearl of Savoy." Go and see them.


June 1877

The question, "Resolved that the manner in which the town of Brattleboro provides for her poor is a disgrace to our Christian professions," is to be discussed by the Liberal Association next Sunday afternoon. Henry Burnham is to lead in the affirmative, and volunteers in the negative are called for.


June 1883

G. W. Parker, the High street artist, who seems to be one of those ingenious fellows that can turn their hands to almost anything, has lately constructed, with aid of his jackknife and one or two other tools, a musical instrument of a novel character which he has dubbed the "clariphone." It has 18 strings and is sort of a combination of the harp and guitar, with the qualities of both, as well as others peculiar to itself, and seems to be well adapted for popular use.


June 1883

Last evening a company of some 30 or 40 of our leading Brattleboro residents, ladies and gentlemen, were given a very great pleasure in being allowed to participate in an informal opening of the Vermont Asylum summer retreat for the season.


June 1840

Next Wednesday evening, there will be an Exhibition at the Central School House, by the Members of the Ciceronian Society, commencing at half past 7 o'clock.


June 1848

Monuments. The subscriber has on hand both Rutland and Dorset Marble Grave Stones, which he can and will sell lower han can be afforded at any other shop in the vicinity. Those wishing to purchase may do well to call before purchasing elsewhere. Shop near the Cold Water Establishment. N. Kittredge.


June 1848

Dog Lost. Broke away from the Express Wagon, a large Red Newfoundland Dog. The last seen of him he was taking a bee line for Chesterfield. Any information concerning him left at the Phoenix Office, will meet with attention.


June 1855

Mr. John Stoddard of Georgia had just completed a magnificent summer residence, on an eminence on the north side of Elliot Street, and in the rear of the Water Cure Establishments in this village. The house is of brick, two stories in height, underneath which is an airy basement containing the kitchen, washroom, store-rooms, &c. On the first floor is the main hall,a large dining room, sitting room, parlor, and library.


June 1860

Scarlatina and Measles, a brace of the infantile diseases constituting the gauntlet through which incipient humanity is compelled to pass, are somewhat rife in our village, although the type is moderately mild. Fortunately the season of the year is propitious for an early convalescence.


June 1871

The village library is to be removed July 1st, to rooms on the second floor of Crosby block. There will be a reading room in connection with it, and the whole will be under the charge of a librarian. The arrangement strikes us as an excellent one, and we are confident that it will prove a source of increased attraction to our young people.


June 1876

If the theft of plants, flowers, and "slips" from the Brattleboro cemetery grounds continues as it has begun, it is more than probable that some of these candidates for the State prison will find themselves where they belong before the season is over. Let one of these despicable thieves be caught and he will be dealt with without mercy to the full extent of the law.


June 1876

The committee of the Fourth of July celebration have not yet decided on all the details of their arrangements, but the general programme will be about as follows: 38 guns at sunrise, noon, and sunset; procession of antiques and horribles at 9 o'clock a.m.; at 1 p.m. a procession consisting of a brass band, Free Masons, Odd Fellows, soldiers of 1812, G.A.R., Fuller's Battery, drum corps, firemen and citizens; dinner at 3 p.m. followed by brief speeches; fire-works in the evening.


June 1882

The telephone exchange wishes to remind subscribers that if they will always be sure to ring off when through talking, and endless amount of trouble and confusion will be saved for the exchange and everybody connected to it.


June 1893

Curt Davis "takes the cake" on a mountain tower design so far. The rotunda of the sketch is conspicuously labeled "Refreshments" and the men, women, and children appear to be having a very gay promenade around it. This suggests that the lower section might be used for a brewery annex and top one for a rum cure.


June 1893

The merry-go-round is again in operation on the island.


June 1899

An iron railing has been put up on Depot street next to Whetstone brook, in place of the old tight-board fence. The walks on both sides of the street are being raised up to the top of the granite curbing which has been put in, and they will be covered with concrete.


June 1864

On Tuesday of last week 75 wounded soldiers were received at General Hospital in this place.


June 1864

At the Town meeting held at the Town Hall in this village on Saturday last, it was voted to authorize the selectmen to fill the quota for Brattleboro required by the anticipated call for more troops: Also to give a bounty of $300 each to each of the Veterans who have re-enlisted, stated to be seventeen, and numbered on the Town quota. It was also voted that any one liable to be drafted should, on the payment of $300, be exempt from draft for three years.


June 1864

The show of animals at Van Amburgh's Menagerie, last Friday, was said to be very good; it is quite evident that there is a set of robbers and pick-pockets connected with, or following in the wake of, that Menagerie, whose business it is to relieve people of the valuable contents of their pockets. The Company should look into this matter, and if posible relieve itself of such attendants.


June 1870

Perry & Holding jewelry on Elliot street have procured a new kind of spectacles that we have not before seen for sale in this village. They are the Lorsch patent, bi-focal; each glass is divided into two parts of different degrees of convexity, and are so adjusted as to enable one whose sight has begun to fail through age to see objects both at a distance and near by without any change of spectacles.

June 1881

The selectmen have widened and improved Elm street, near Elliot.

June 1881

The dangerous practice of carrying concealed firearms is not unknown in Brattleboro, where boys of scarcely a dozen years sport their pistols and revolvers, generally without the knowledge of their parents or teachers. A greater watchfulness should be exercised before some awful tragedy happens, accidentally or otherwise.


June 1887

Friday June 17, the day of the dedication of the Brattleboro soldiers' monument, was, we are sure, precisely the kind of day that Lowell had in mind when, in his familiar poem, he could think of nothing so rare as a day in June. The streets were densely lined as the procession moved toward the common. The oration was filled throughout with patriotic fire and enthusiasm, and stirred the hearts of the old soldiers as no other could have done.


June 1898

The pupils of Mrs. Warren's room grade 9, in the High school building, have bought a large and handsome picture of the poet Longfellow, which they will hang on the wall of their room this week.


June 1898

An earthquake shock was felt distinctly in Brattleboro at 1:45 Saturday morning. People who were awake say that houses were shaken very perceptibly, and that doors were slammed by the shock. The nervous shock which one woman sustained was sufficient to cause illness. The night watchmen at S. A. Smith & Co.'s factory says that almost the same moment that the earthquake was felt a brilliant meteor flashed across the sky and exploded with a loud report.


June 1910

There will be no midway at the next Valley Fair. A few attractions like the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round will be given space on the grounds, but the fakirs will be excluded.


June 1859

Wm. E. Ryther, so long and favorably known to many of our readers as the proprietor of the Vermont Phoenix, is enclosed by that mystic tie which is said "to bind to willing hearts." Numerous and hearty will be wishes for his domestic felicity and matrimonial luck.


June 1859

The first half of June, 1859, will long be memorable in the almanacs and the memories of farmers, for the exceedingly low temperature of the weather and the severity of the frosts. The corn and potatoes, and particularly the beans have suffered extensively, whole fields having been cut down.


June 1859

The village meeting last Saturday evening, voted to dismiss the article in the warrant relative to lighting the streets with gas, and then adjourned. We understand some lights will be maintained at the expense of individuals and by subscription.


1875:

Our village was thrown into a great state of excitement by the announcement that Mr. Hannibal Hadley had been the victim of a murderous assault by a villainous tramp, and that the perpetrator of the outrage had been promptly caught, brought before a justice, and bound over for trial. It is believed that other tramps were lying about to await the result of this bold venture.


June 1875

That fountain on the corner of Main and High streets still refuses to drizzle. Humanity won't mind it much while whiskey is cheap and plenty, but it is rather rough on the dogs and horses.


June 1840

Grand Miscellaneous Concert. Mr. Greatorex, respectfully informs the inhabitants of Brattleboro and its vicinity, that he will give a Concert of Vocal Music in Dickinson's Hall, Thursday Evening, to commence at 7 1/2 o'clock, precisely.


June 1858

James Fisk has just erected the best barn in the county, if not in the State. It is for the accommodation of the Revere House and for use of J. Fisk Jr.'s large suite of wagons and horses. It is all of the best spruce, well wrought and put together in a superior order.


June 1862

A dwelling house in "Peacock Alley," that enjoys a fame almost historic for several years as the head-quarters of open or covert hostilities with the other inhabitants of that classic retreat, was finally evacuated on Friday of last week, and is now in the possession of our brave volunteers.


June 1874

S. M. Waite is going into the poultry business on a big scale. On the island in the Connecticut river, he has established a hennery occupying about three acres of land, on which are suitable buildings. At present there are some 600 or 800 hens on the premises, but by fall Mr. Waite expects to "employ" 3,000.


June 1874

The Catholics of this place have applied to Judge Barrett for an injunction against the committee's suspension of their children from the village schools for staying out to attend church.


June 1879

A quick drive of logs, which is being hurried down the river to the Holyoke mills in advance of the main drive, which is still some distance up the river, passed this point last Friday.


June 1902

F. D. Williams has completed this week a second fancy wagon for Edward Fuery and his band of Gypsies, who are camping on the island. It is an extremely fanciful design, ironed with scroll braces and having 40 eagles' heads carved in the woodwork. The body is embellished with paintings by artist W. R. Stuart, including a picture of President McKinley, the battleship of the Maine and several interesting bits of scenery. It is lined with plush and has four folding doors with fancy glass tops and five figured glass windows.


June 1919

A ten-reel picturization of Harold Bell Wright's famous novel The Shepherd of the Hills will be shown in the Auditorium beginning next Thursday.


June 1856

The Brattleboro House, formerly the Central House, will be opened next week under the management of Wm. C. Perry. The house has been tho'hly repaired from cellar to attic. The external appearance of the house and the out-buildings has undergone a very sensible change for the better.


June 1889

It is evident that the time has come when decisive steps should be taken to put a stop to the reckless and needless firing of rifles and other firearms in the village and its outskirts.


June 1889

Frank Stockwell has bought H. E. Dunklee's fish route, and will open a market in the basement of the Vinton shop.


June 1889

The surface mud was removed from Main street Tuesday morning after the rain, and a coating of broken mountain stone is being put on the street from the People's bank corner to High street.


June 1895

Western avenue has witnessed the passing of the "trolley gang" this week and the "head of the line" is beyond Centreville bridge. The setting of the poles will be practically complete as far as the rails are laid down by the end of the week. The poles have been set on Main street and are being painted a dark green. On Oak street and part of High street the trolley wire will be fastened tot he trees. This is done at the request of the residents of those streets


June 1877

At a meeting of the board of bailiffs held on Tuesday evening it was voted to immediately purchase a steam fire engine of Clapp & Jones, Hudson, N.Y., in accordance wit the vote passed at the last village meeting. The machine will cost $2500 and will be of the same size and pattern as Estey & Co.'s new steamer which has done such excellent service for the village at various times during the past year.


June 1877

Considerable excitement prevails among the children on account of a rumor that the mammoth elephant which accompanies O'Brien's circus will be compelled to swim the river to-morrow, because of fears for the safety of the bridge should she attempt to cross dry shod.


June 1877

Although the Fourth of July is not to be celebrated this year in the usual manner by the village, it appears the children will be no losers, as the band of Gypsies propose showing their respect for American institutions by a grand display of fireworks to take place on the same ground as that chosen for the public display of last year, while on the adjoining grounds of Mr. Ranger, where this wandering tribe, dressed in full gala costume, will pitch their tents, several curiosities from foreign parts will be on exhibition.


June 1893

The big telephone poles which have been set in Main street from the bridge up to the People's bank are undoubtably "cosmopolitan, you know," but they are a crying offence to the eye, and their effect is as ugly as it is possible to imagine.


June 1893

A. T. Kirkwood was driving one of the Estey Organ company's teams in front of the Brattleboro House Friday, when the blast where the sewer is being laid on Union street was exploded. His horses turned suddenly about and Mr. Kirkwood was thrown to the ground, the wheels passing within a few inches of him. The wagon was heavily loaded with organs. The horses snapped off the pole and were at once stopped. One of the bones of Mr. Kirkwood's ankle was broken.


June 1899

The suits for the Brattleboro base ball team have arrived. The breeches, shirt, and cap are of dark blue with a white "B" on the shirt front. The belts and stockings are black and the entire costume will give the boys a neat, attractive appearance in the field.


June 1864

We understand that accommodations for over 1,000 patients are nearly ready at the U.S. Hospital in this village. If the fighting should long continue to be as severe as it has been thus far in the campaign, all the hospital will be full.


June 1881

Geo. E. Crowell is making some desirable improvements upon his "Salisbury place," at the head of High street, including the blasting away of the ledge next to the street. Besides improving the place, this will enable the street and sidewalk to be widened, as they should be.


June 1881

For an absolute unique specimen of an unintelligible botch, combined with an exhibition of dense and hopeless ignorance, commend us to recommend the Defamer's account of the High school graduating exercises last week.


June 1898

The Brattleboro Gaslight Company now has more than 80 customers who are using gas for cooking during the summer months. The expense of fuel begins only when the cooking begins, and it stops instantly when the work is done.


June 1898

J. H. Chamberlain will sell at the Brooks House stables, 28 horses brought to him in an express car from Indiana. This is the last load of the season. The shipment includes matched pairs, single drivers, grocery, farm, and draft horses.


June 1859

We are informed that a trial will be made with Willard & Ross' "Vermont Mower," and the "Buckeye" Mowing Machine, on the farm of David Goddell in this place, on Saturday, the 2d day of July, at 2 o'clock, P. M. All interested in mowing machines and all who wish to see the mowers operate will do well to be present.


June 1875

Last Saturday we noticed on our streets the somewhat novel spectacle of a band-organ man accompanied by a woman of mature years, carrying a tambourine and tin-pail. The man was minus the evil look which marks so many of his class, while the woman was bright, active and - shall we say it? - better looking than the women average.


June 1875

For the benefit of strangers and young persons we are requested to state that the uncommon looking thing on the corner of Main and High streets was originally intended as a drinking fountain. Its use for that purpose having become obsolete, we presume it will, in due time, be recast into a monument to commemorate the discovery and former use of water as a beverage.


June 1875

Frank Stockwell and Oscar Smith have been placed on duty as village night watch.


June 1880

There is very little which is is new to report this week in connection with S. M. Waite's forgeries, and the ruin of First National Bank. There is a more favorable outlook for the stockholders, and the present probabilities are that no assessment on them will be necessary to pay the depositers, but that, on the contrary, there will be a dividend to come to them from the sale of Waite's private property. Of Waite's whereabouts nothing is known.


June 1886


Col. L. K. Fuller is about to present to the village a beautiful park with all the modern improvements, including a stand for our Esteyville brass band. This park is a triangular piece of land lying just south of the schoolhouse, between Estey and Pleasant streets, and is the geographic center of Esteyville.


June 1897

A substantial iron railing has been placed along the wall at the little park at the east end of Walnut street.


June 1862

We learn that William Chapin son of Dr. Charles Chapin of this town, and George H. Salisbury with his son Ransom Salisbury, also of this town, but acting as sutlers in the army before Richmond, were bagged by the rebels in their raid on the 13th inst., where they came down to within four miles of the White House. Geo. H. Salisbury succeeded in effecting his escape, but his son and young Chapin were made prisoners.


June 1903

The first fair test of Sewall Morse's automobile, which was made in J. H. Rand's machine shop, was given Saturday. The trial showed that the principle of the machine is all right, and also the alterations necessary to make it a perfect running machine. The principal trouble is that it wastes steam, which is due to faulty steel castings.


June 1844

For Rent, For one or more years, the Store formerly occupied by A. E. Dwinell, next door South of the Vermont House. Possession given immediately. Apply to Edward Kirkland.


June 1856

S. A. Morse & Co., have opened a Livery Stable in the rear of the Brattleboro House. A nice barn, new carriages, fresh horses, and attentive hostlers, constitute their chief claim for patronage.


June 1877

A new base ball nine, called the Brattleboro base ball club, was organized on Saturday evening, with J. A. Lillis as captain, and J. J. Lillis secretary and treasurer. The club contains some good players for the old Union and Fisk clubs. They have handsome new uniforms of white trimmed with blue, with hats, belts and shields from New York, and pants and shorts made at Whitney's.


June 1877

O'Brien's "Six Shows" drew big crowds of spectators both morning and afternoon at the exhibition in this place last Friday, and the day's work must have netted the proprietor of the concern a handsome sum of money. By an unfortunate blunder at the start, the morning street parade did not pass through Main street, but went, instead, out Elliot street, and thence to the fairgrounds, disappointing a multitude who had gathered to see the promised display.


June 1883

We learn a movement is on foot to put the common in proper order, and to have ball-playing, rowdyism and other practices removed, which have rendered the common anything but the free place for all classes of people which it was intended to be.


June 1888

The asylum camping out season opened on Tuesday, when a party of 18 patients went to the camp ground on the hill and spent the whole day in the open air. Another party followed yesterday. Our asylum was the first to adopt this feature of out door recreation, and it has since been copied by other institutions.


June 1848

Chase's Cheese. This day received at the Sign of the Elm Tree, that celebrated Chase dairy, which all lovers of prime Cheese will do well to call and look at immediately. Townsley & Sons.


June 1860

The Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company have nearly completed a new freight depot, in this village. It is built of brick, 112 feet long, and will add much to the accommodations of all interested in the freighting business.


June 1860

The Brattleboro Gas Company are extending their main pipe the entire length of High Street. The inhabitants of that most beautiful portion of our village will soon have an opportunity for a general illumination. Provision should be made for two or more street lamps, as the dense foliage of the shade trees render side walks and the street even quite dark in that vicinity.


July 1899

Brookside Park, the new pleasure resort on the line of the electric railway near West Brattleboro, will be opened next Monday night with the highest class attraction, a comedy troupe from New York City. Brookside Park will be a very attractive resort close to the waters of the Whetstone. It will have a large stage and total seating capacity for 700 people.


July 1881

Mr. Geo. E. Crowell is about to lay an aqueduct to bring water from Pratt's hill for the supply of his houses on Forest square.


July 1898

From 75 to 100 children participated in the celebration of Children's day at West Brattleboro. A large majority of them rode from the corner of Main and Elliot streets on a special electric car to picnic grounds at Mrs. Bigelow's grove. The grove was fitted up with seats and hammocks and swings were conveniently located. The picnic was on the basket plan and lasted until 4 o'clock.


July 1904

"Steeple Jack" Cavenaugh painted the flagstaff on top of the town hall building Tuesday, and was watched by many interested spectators as he scaled the pole 43 feet above the roof of the building and went about his work with apparent unconcern. Mr. Cavenaugh is one of few who have a clear head at dizzy heights.


July 1859

Sands, Nathans & Co.'s Gigantic Combination Circus -- The reputation of Sands, Nathans, & Co, as Equestrian Managers, is sufficiently well known and appreciated to make it almost unnecessary that we should do more than mention the fact that their splendid establishment will shortly arrive among us. The procession, on its entrance into town, will be preceded by the great Steam Calliope, a true melodic monster, drawn by a team of gigantic Elephants.


July 1875

A praise meeting was held at the corner of Main and High streets last Thursday evening to give thanks for the sound of running water which was once more heard at that drinking fountain. The occasion is said by those who were present to have been one long to be remembered.


July 1891

There has been on exhibition at the lower town hall this week one of those marvels of the age, an Edison phonograph, and many people have availed themselves of the opportunity to make acquaintance with the wonderful piece of mechanism. Band music, songs, the sound of the human voice in speaking - all are reproduced with marvelous distinctness, and have been listened to with wonder and interest. While here, a cylinder has been made to reproduce a banjo solo given by Mr. Ned Cleveland.


July 1891

The natural history museum has received a very valuable addition in the shape of a very choice collection of birds' eggs presented by W. E. Ayer of Putney; there are 105 eggs of 66 varieties.


July 1896

Photographer Robertson made a picture of the midget wedding party by flash light at a rehearsal at the Universalist church.


July 1880

Somebody, through either accident or malice, broke a hand off one of the statues of the Fisk monument last Sunday. The perpetrator of this sorry piece of vandalism is not known.


July 1886

Some of the residents of Prospect street have started a project to purchase a tract of land on the north side of the street and present it to the town as a public park. About $800 of the $1050 needed has already been subscribed.


July 1886

Mrs. A. M. Carlton has bought of the Davenport brothers the cobble-stone house on Canal street and the one adjoining it.


July 1845

Our thriving village was most agreeably entertained last Saturday by the sudden appearance of a company of finely uniformed and equipped Infantry, under the command of Capt. Lord. It certainly does credit to our place. Our martial spirit was considerably elevated as we beheld their marching and evolutions, and listened to the thrilling drum and fife. Who knows what course events may take under our warlike administration?


July 1873

Hammocks are the latest household "necessity." Half the piazza on Green street are furnished with them, and the mania seems to be "catching."


July 1884

A human monstrosity, called "the bear man," with very repulsive countenance and hands and feet strangely like those of a bear, attracted a large crowd of the curious at the railroad station Wednesday morning. He was in in charge of a showman who brought him over from Hinsdale and was taking him to Bellows Falls for exhibition.


July 1889

Several hundred people were attracted to island ball-ground Monday evening by H. M. Wood's balloon ascension and display of sample fireworks.


July 1889

There are no tidings from A. H. Humphrey, the missing asylum employee, and his friends are forced to the conclusion that he eirher committed suicide by drowning, or wandered off in a fit on insanity.


July 1889

There was less than the usual amount of barbaric noise on the night of the Fourth but the acts of lawlessness about town seeme to have been greater than usual. Fences were pulled up and destroyed, gates were stolen or displaced, and other similar proceedings took place all over the village.


July 1877

The Fourth of July began in dead earnest at dark Tuesday evening, and from that hour until the rain began at half-past eleven, Main street was as hideously noisy with tin horns, fire-crackers, torpedoes and squibs as the most zealous and patriotic Young American could desire. In the evening there were some private displays of fireworks, that at the residence of Mr. John Hall on High street being especially fine.


July 1883

The work of improvement upon the common has begun in earnest. The buckhorn hedge next the asylum property has been removed and in its place, just over the bank, a wire fence will be put up through to Asylum street. The weaker and least desirable trees are being cut away and the trees on the bank are being trimmed up as to give several delightful views up the West river.


July 1883

The library trustees have bought Wm. E. Ryther's files of The Vermont Phoenix, extending from 1833 to 1872, and the volumes are now in the library, where they will constitute one of the most interesting and valuable features among the works of reference.


July 1894

Some boys were mean enough to steal a large box from the premises of G. H. Clapp, which was fitted up as a playhouse for his youngest son, and burn it with the tools and toys it contained on their fire in front of the town hall, Tuesday night. The money loss is small, but the meanness is great.


July 1843

Lost, On Elliot Street, on Saturday last, a Wallet, nearly new, containing one three dollar bill, and over one dollar in silver. The person who may have found said wallet, will confer a favor upon the subscriber, by leaving it at the Democrat Office, and shall be rewarded for his trouble. G. E. Fuller.


July 1876

In the midst of the brilliant illuminations in that vicinity, a mourning transparency was placed on the site of the old tree at the corner of Main and Walnut streets, with the legend, "In memorium - the Old Tree."


July 1882

The Fourth was remembered at the Asylum in a picnic upon the grounds of the establishment, in which over 200 of the patients participated. Lemonade, strawberries, and cake supplied their bodily wants, while mentally they were treated to a burlesque celebration, in which were present in materialized form Julius Caesar, Gen Santa Anna, Napoleon Bonaparte, headed by Oscar Wilde, with Roscoe Conkling bringing up the rear.


July 1893

The Estey family monument, from Taintor & Co.'s granite works at Barre, has arrived this week and is being set up by H.J. Carrick of St. Johnsbury.


July 1899

Cars of the Brattleboro Street Railway company were equipped with fenders Monday in accordance with recent legislative enactment.


July 1881

Pupils at Centreville School presented their teacher, Mrs. Jennie T. Warren, with an elegant rosewood desk completely furnished with stationary, as a token of their love and respect.


July 1887

Barnum's circus on Wednesday drew the customary crowd. The tents were spread on the old camp ground, and the big circus tent, said to have a seating capacity of 16,000, was pretty well-filled at the afternoon performance. The morning street parade was an uncommonly fine one, and correctly indicated the character of the show, which in all its varied features was unsurpassed by any previous exhibition ever given here.


July 1892

The Fessenden Helping Hand society will hold a "Greenaway prismette" on the lawn of the Congregational church Wednesday evening beginning at 6 o'clock.


July 1892

Large new United States flags bearing the names of Republican candidates have been raised this week on Main street between the town hall and the Baptist church and on High street near E. C. Crosby's


July 1859

A reading room has been opened in the building formerly occupied by the Bank of Brattleboro, in the rear of Judge Kellog's office, which will prove an attraction to our own citizens and to strangers visiting Brattleboro.


July 1897

The Canadian colored jubilee singers and Imperial orchestra gave a first-class entertainment in the Baptist church Monday before an audience of 300 or more.The trombone soloist was the favorite instrumentalist. The concert was under the auspices of the ladies' society.


July 1868

The New England Galludet Association of Deaf Mutes will hold their eighth biennial convention in this place, Aug. 26th and 27th. A large gathering is expected. In the evening Rev. Dr. Galludet of New York, will preach in the Episcopal church.


July 1896

One inexcusable act of vandalism the night before the Fourth was the burning of an express wagon owned by G. B. Kirwan. The wagon was left in the yard under the windows of Mr. Kirwan's shop and was dragged from there to the bonfire in front of the Brattleboro House. The wagon was valued at $35.


July 1896

The selectmen have decided to make the proposed widening of Maple street, have made their final survey and staked out the grounds and have filed their report in the town clerk's office. The street will be made three rods wide and the addition will be entirely on the north side.


July 1903

The Brattleboro Overall company began moving their business this week from the Centreville factory to J. T. Hildreth's building on Elm street, the inside of which has been built over to a large extent. Some 40 machines and a large amount of cloth have been moved, and it is expected that the rest of the machines will be moved and set up during the next two weeks.


July 1873

In every car on the Connecticut River Railroad there is a box overhead at one end, in which is contained the name of the next station, which it is the duty of the brakemen to change as they leave the stations. As the change is made a bell strikes twice, which attracts the attention of the passengers, so that the box always exhibits the name of the next station, and so on.


July 1890

Some valuable additions have recently been made to the natural history society's collection in the library building. One of these is a large hedgehog given by Mr. Matthews, who lives just this side of the suspension bridge in Chesterfield.


July 1890

The new dynamo was started and the Brooks House incandescent lamp lighted for the first time Wednesday evening.


July 1890

Our official weather record shows 96 as the maximum of the intense heat on Tuesday. This was in the regulation government shelter on Mr. Child's lawn. In the streets near buildings and pavements, and in other exposed places, a temperature of four to six degrees higher was doubtless reached. The day was the hottest in Brattleboro since July, 1885.


July 1889

A piazza party will be held next Wednesday evebing at Lindenhurst, Mr. Crowell's residence, to which all the young people of the Baptist church and society are invited.


July 1889

I. B. Thorn and H. B. Willis have formed a partnership. They will make "Hop and Burdock Tonic" and various extracts a specialty, but propose to establish a wholesale drug house.


July 1889

The telephone exchange's new call card, with names arranged by numbers, has been issued to subscribers, and all calls are now made by number.


July 1895

The proprietors of the Herrick and Boyden building on Elliot street have reason to hope the boys will be more careful with their big firecrackers when another Fourth comes around. A souvenir of this year's celebration is a crack in the 70-dollar light of plate glass in the Puffer store window.


July 1895

J. H. Chamberlian will sell his entire livery property at public auction July 18 beginning at 9 A.M. This sale is no doubt the largest of the kind ever held in Vermont, including $15,000 worth of horses and livery goods.


July 1895

Two closed cars for use on the electric railroad have been received this week and taken to the Pine street car house. The rails will be laid this week to the corner of Pine and Canal streets. The wires have been strung from West Brattleboro to Centreville.


July 1907

The Vermont Phoenix reports that Mrs. H. M. Houghton has joined the ranks of the automobilists, having bought a Cartercar two-seat touring model. Charles Brown will be her chauffeur.


July 1860

On Thursday morning July 12th at half past seven o'clock, a balloon was discovered by some of the inhabitants of this village, moving toward the east more than a mile above the surface of the earth, and was going very rapidly, altho' there was not much perceptible wind stirring at the time. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and the brilliant point on the balloon twinkled like a star. From the rate and direction in which it was going it would soon have to descend or else be borne out to sea.


July 1871

Work on Crosby's new block, on Elliot street, is being pushed forward with energy, the roof being already on and the partitions up. The east room on the first floor is to be fitted up for a saloon; the middle room will be occupied by E. J. Carpenter for a news office, and the west room by W. F. Richardson, for a meat market. The second floor will be used for tenements.


July 1882

At a special meeting of the trustees of the public library, Tuesday afternoon, it was voted to expend $300 in the purchase of new books for the library, and a sub-committee consisting of Revs. Gow, Collins and Whitney are now engaged in making up the list. The library will be opened to the public at the earliest possible day -- probably by Sept. 1st.


July 1893

Miss Florence Clark has one of the latest style Hammond typewriters on exhibition at the express office. The wheel in the Hammond machine has been transformed into an anvil and shuttle, which is the greatest improvement ever made in a typewriter.


July 1899

The work of preparing Depot street for granite paving has been in progress this week. Three yoke of oxen and a gang of men were at work Monday plowing up the macadam and teams have been drawing away the cobble stones and carting on sand for the bed for the paving blocks.


July 1899

It was the privilege of half a dozen persons to assemble in the office of the Brattleboro Retreat Wednesday evening to witness a demonstration of the Ranney Wimhurst Holtz static machine and X-ray attachment, which has recently been bought for use by the Retreat for use in the treatment of muscular, nervous and other affections.


July 1870

The land bought of Charles Chapin by George J. Brooks, has a frontage on Main street of 175 feet, and the price paid for the lot was $15,000.


July 1881

Messrs. Smith & Hunt, the children's carriage manufacturers, have begun preparation for the occupancy of their new quarters on Frost street, formerly occupied by the Brattleboro Manufacturing Company.


July 1904

H. L. Emerson will begin the erection of a brick building on Elliot street Monday. The work will not be done under contract, but by the day, and in addition to the skilled labor Mr. Pellett will have under him a gang of Italians, who have been employed on the West Dummerston dam. The Reed "castle" on Green street, recently bought by Mr. Emerson, will be used as headquarters for the Italians.


July 1859

John Wheeler was arrested Saturday last by policeman Harding for disturbing the peace, and was put in the Tombs where he remained until Monday morning. There are others in this village whose confinement or banishment would greatly add to the comfort of peaceable citizens.


July 1880

One of the largest crowds which has visited Brattleboro in recent years was drawn here Wednesday to see the sights of Cooper, Bailey & Co's London Circus. The elephants had rare fun bathing in the brook on Wednesday, the baby among them.


July 1897

A gypsy camp on Williams street has attracted many visitors within the week. A merry party of young people gathered there Friday night to have their fortunes told. It was amusing to watch the faces of the young girls as they sat in turn by the side of the gypsy, one moment gay, the next serious, but they invariably came away happy. The gypsy camp in the moonlight, the swarthy fortune teller surrounded by the fair young faces, made a rarely picturesque scene.


July 1868

Isaac Hines has deeded to E. B. Campbell, for the benefit of the Baptist Society in this village, two building lots of Forest (otherwise known as Mechanic) Square. One is situated on the northeast corner, and is valued at $450, the other is located on the east side, and is valued at $300. The proceeds of the former are to go toward paying for the church; the latter toward a pipe organ for the same.


July 1874

J. E. Hildreth has put up a two story carriage shop, 60 by 25 feet, on Elm street, where he is already engaged in the manufacture of wagons and sleighs.


July 1885

Since Monday the Valley railroad company have had a gravel train and gang of men at work leveling the grade knoll in the rear of the Harris-Goodhue property, and as soon as the work is completed the company will begin the erection there of a four-stall engine house and a 54 foot turn-table, both of which will be completed before the end of the present season.


July 1861

During the past two weeks a comet has been visible in the northern part of the heavens in the vicinity of the "Great Bear." This celestial visitor came without any letter of introduction and without sending in the card, consequently astronomers are all taken aback. It is not known who he is nor where he came from, nor whether he has ever visited this country before.


July 1879

During the Pinafore performance last week, the "boys" had a Blake "transmitter" hanging near the stage and connected with their telephone wires, and by its use the opera was heard at various places in the village. The dialogue could not be heard, but the piano music and solos were plainly distinguishable, and under favorable circumstances all the finer effects, even, were caught with great exactness.


July 1844

Notice. All persons who have Recorded Deeds remaining in the late Town Clerk's office, Brattleboro, are respectfully requested to call and take them away immediately. As some of the deeds have lain in the office for more than 30 years, it seems that the Titles to their lands are not worth preserving! - Stephen Greenleaf, Late Town Clerk.


July 1856

Mr. Riley Burditt, who tunes and otherwise prepares the Melodeons at the manufactory of Messrs Estey & Green for market, has recently invented, and secured letters patent for, an improvement, applicable to melodeons and other reed instruments, which greatly enhances their value as musical instruments. The invention is termed a "Base Damper," which enables the performer to play the base octaves of the instrument in subdued or muffled tone, at will, as an accompaniment to the melody.


July 1872

Dr. L. Congdon, the real Indian Physician from the Indian Medical Institute, Albany, N.Y. will arrive in town on the 13th of Aug., and remain at the Revere House four days only, for the treatment of the sick who may call upon him.


July 1895

J. H. Chamberlain's auction sale of his livery stock which was held yesterday, undoubtedly called together the largest company of active and responsible buyers from a wide territory ever seen on such an occasion. All the horses and nearly all the carriages were sold, the day's sale's aggregating nearly $10,000.


July 1883

During the past week the fence about the common has been removed, the grass has been smoothly cut, decayed stumps of trees have been dug up, and a general tidying has been in progress.


July 1888

E. E. Stockwell has sold the old town farm to Geo. F. Stockwell of West Brattleboro for $1500.


July 1894

Booker T. Washington, the principal of the Tuskegee, Ala., normal and industrial institute, who spoke Sunday in the interest of his school at the Unitarian church after the morning sermon, and at the Universalist Sunday school, roused a deep interest among his hearers in the work in which he is engaged. Mr. Washington was the guest of Hon. Dorman B. Eaton while here.


July 1860

The Vermont Asylum for the Insane is to be greatly enlarged and improved. The main building and the six wings are all to receive the addition of another story, while the central building will be surmounted by a large dome, rendering it one of the largest and most imposing edifices of the kind in the country.


July 1882

Jeweler Frink has a fine lot of fans to give away to the out-of-town people who come to see Jumbo next Tuesday. They are just the thing, and we advise everybody to call and get one.


July 1893

The Crowell water pipes from the proposed pumping station on West River have been laid to the road above the Brattleboro Retreat. It will be several weeks, at least, before the station is in working order, as the men are frequently called away to repair broken pipes on the lines already in operation.


July 1905

A grey squirrel in a cage arrived at the baggage room Monday and has enjoyed nuts and other good things from the hand of baggage Master David S. Carey ever since. Who owns the squirrel is not known. The squirrel was put on the White Mountain train at New York, but there was no tag on the cage.


July 1904

Several hundred people went to West Brattleboro on the street railroad moonlight excursion Tuesday night to listen to the concert by the First Regiment band. The cars were crowded, many standing on the running boards and between the seats. The band gave a first class concert from the balcony of the Melrose House and Landlord Strong served refreshments of ice-cream and cake.


July 1904

E. J. Fenton & Co. have erected an ice water station just north of their store in Ullery building, for the use of the public. The barrel is covered with a canopy awning.


July 1846

Found, a small sum of money, which the owner can recover by calling upon Thos. Chubbuck, Engraver. Office over the Post Office.


July 1880

The hand fire engines "Fountain No. 4," and "Active No. 3," are to be sold at auction August 11, in accordance with the vote at the last village meeting. A rare opportunity is thus offered to towns or villages desirous of procuring first-class fire engines at small cost.


July 1886

Some of the firemen are dissatisfied over the prospect of a paid fire department, and the bailiffs received a petition asking for a special town meeting to see if the village will reconsider the vote establishing a paid department. It is an open question whether the matter could be reconsidered.


July 1897

The trustees of the Brooks memorial fund have bought for the Brooks free library a work entitled "A Library of the World's Best Literature," published by S. Peale and J.A. Hill of New York. It covers the entire field of letters, ancient and modern, and is the only publication of its kind ever attempted. The first 10 volumes have been received, and the other 20 will be forwarded as soon as published.

1858:
The Episcopal Church is now quite finished, and is regularly used by the congregation for purposes of worship. It is a neat and substantial specimen of church architecture. The grounds about the building have been laid out by Mr. Clapp, with his usual good taste in such matters. The first service was held in the Church on Sunday the 11th inst.

1862:
The sum of $1000 has been subscribed by prominent and patriotic individuals in this place, chiefly in sums of $25, which will be equally divided among the first one hundred accepted recruits who enlist in this Probate District within forty days from the 21st day of July inst. Has any other village done more?


July 1868

Quite a number of dwelling houses are in process of construction on Prospect Hill this season -- and no wonder, for the locality is pleasant, and good building lots are obtainable at not exorbitant prices.


July 1868

Mr. Holden of Northfield, the "blueberry man," whose annual appearance on our streets is looked for with an interest similar to that of St. Nick, has commenced his trips for the season.


July 1874

Work upon the new Unitarian church edifice is progressing very rapidly. The laying of the foundation and the placing of the granite underpinning was completed last week, and this week the walls are steadily going up.


July 1891

Work is already well advanced on the addition to the steamer engine house on Elliot street to give stable accommodations for the horses of the fire department.


July 1861
The news of the defeat of our army at Manassas created more excitement in this village than even the fall of Fort Sumter. A feeling of determination rather than of despair was plainly visible in nearly every countenance.


July 1873

A new iron flower vase costing $35 has lately been placed upon the green in front of the high school house, through the praiseworthy action of a few private citizens.


July 1884

Mr. E. A. Matthews of Centreville is building a steamboat which he intends to launch on the Connecticut at this place and run up and down the river for the accommodation of pleasure parties. The boat is 30 feet in length and hold 25-30 passengers. It is to be run by a paddlewheel placed at the stern.


July 1844

This way, Gentlemen!! Shaving and Hair Cutting. Those who are in favor of a good Shave, are respectfully invited to call at the Dressing Room over the Post Office, where they will get it done in good shape, and feel as good as new. Hair cutting done in the latest style. J. I. Howard.


July 1856

The new Hall and Saloon lately added to the Lawrence Water Cure was dedicated by a splendid "hop" on Tuesday evening last. The music was capital---the gas-lights and the ladies -- magnificent.


July 1872

Ferdinand Tyler has commenced the foundations of a new brick block near main street bridge and adjoining his machine shop. It will be two stories in height on the north side and three on the south, with a frontage of 60 feet and a depth of about 50.


July 1878

Work upon the granite arch across Whetstone brook having become so far advanced last Saturday as to require the removal of the track for the convenient completion of the arch, operations were begun Sunday morning as soon as the owl train passed, and at 4 o'clock in the afternoon the key-stone (bearing the figures "1878" was in its place solid and secure, doubtless, for an indefinite period of time.


July 1888

The largest pair of dray horses ever seen in Brattleboro were brought in from Ohio by C. P. Gibson on Tuesday. The horses weigh 1770 and 1750 pounds, respectively, and are as handsome as they are big. They are a cross between Norman Percheron and Clydesdales They were bought by E. E. Stockwell, who now has them in use.


July 1855

Fisk's Patent Metallic Burial Cases -- These valuable adjuncts to the preservation of the dead have been too long before the public, and have become too widely known to need any econiums of ours. Our object is to merely refer to the great improvement that has been made in their shape, a change which obviates the few objections that have been heretofore raised to their use. They are now constructed in a form more nearly resembling an ordinary coffin, than a mummy case of the old pattern.


July 1860

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. It lighted up the heavens with great brilliancy, and with its long and illuminating train it was momentarily thought to be an enormous piece of fireworks.


July 1899

The work of paving Depot street was completed Saturday, a sufficient number of paving stones to complete the job having arrived from West Dummerston. The stones have been covered with dirt which will be left on them for a few weeks, or until the crevices between them becomes packed full, when it will be cleaned off.


July 1864

On digging out the earth under the old Wheeler house, recently occupied by Wyman, Felton and others, the workmen found the bones of a human skeleton; some of them, the cranium, teeth, thigh bones and others in a tolerable state of preservation. The ground from which they were taken appears to be the natural soil. How the bones came there, how long they have been there buried, and to whom they once belonged, are questions for the learned and curious. Will some of our savans give us the solution?


July 1904

Bitten by a fly or stung by a bee, Charles Downer's horse started up quickly on South Main street Wednesday afternoon, and in turning the corner by H. O. Collidge's house overturned the tea wagon to which it was attached, smashing the canopy top, breaking the wiffletree and one thill and spilling a small amount of tea. The horse was not scared and went but a few rods.


July 1859

Through the active exertions of Hon. George Folsom and Philip Wells, Esq., a reading room has been opened in the second story of the building formerly occupied by the Bank of Brattleboro. This room will be supplied with leading papers from all the principal cities and business centers in the country, and with the London Times.


July 1880

Gen. Stewart L. Woodford of New York spoke on the political issues of the day at the town hall last evening, to one of the largest audiences ever gathered here. The hall was literally filled to overflowing. A more thorough and unflinching expose of the inconsistencies, errors, crimes and hopeless unworthiness of the Democratic party we never remember to have heard.


July 1886

The new lithographic picture of Brattleboro, drawn and executed by L. R. Burleigh of Troy, N. Y., has been delivered to the subscribers this week. The drawing is correct in detail and the mechanical execution is good, reproducing with faithfulness and with considerable artistic effect the general impression of the village in perspective.


July 1840

Notice. The members of the Brattleboro Athenaeum are notified to meet at the office of Dr. Spalding on Tuesday evening Aug. 4th, at half past seven o'clock. All members having Periodicals belonging to the Society are requested to return them previously to the meeting.


July 1858

The concert Tuesday evening for the benefit of Mr. Wivild was one of the very best we have ever attended in Brattleboro. Mr. Wivild made his appearance in an instrumental trio and in a duet with his favorite violincello. The heartiness of the applause with which he was greeted and with which his performances were received evinced the respect felt for him in the community.


July 1862

Geo. H. Houghton has in his saloon some very fine photographic sketches of men and things connected with the war on the Potomac and in the Peninsula. He spent the winter and spring in the camps of the Vermont Brigade, and returned laden with pleasant reminders of our brave boys.


July 1868

The new Saving Bank building is rapidly assuming shape. In appearance it will probably surpass any business block which Brattleboro now boasts. We hope the erection of this block will stimulate the owners of others in the neighborhood to replace the present, old and inadequate buildings with new and commodious ones, suited to the tastes and demands of the times.


July 1868

Where does all this smoke come from, that for several days has filled the air, and "turned the sun to darkness and the moon to blood?" The woods in Canada, they say, are on fire, and the wind wafts the smoke hither. But suppose the wind comes from the south, what then? Or suppose there is little or no wind from any quarter? Is the burning of the woods in Canada a sufficient cause for so much smoke, so widely diffused? Who is a philosopher enough to explain?


July 1874

Our good friend "Joe" Elliot, the genial popcorn man, evidently believes in keeping up with the times, for we observe that he has just come out with a brand new basket built after the most approved design and ornamented without regard to expense.


August 1857

The Slave Minstrels' Concert on Wednesday evening was well attended, and the audience were quite satisfied with their entertainment. We understand these Melodists have just purchased their freedom by the avails of their concerts, and are now singing as Freemen.


August 1861

On Friday morning of last week over eighty horses were transported through this place en route for the seat of war. They were for the use of the 2nd and 3rd Regiments.


August 1879

We learn that a respectable gentleman, who had done good work of the kind in Greenfield, Bennington, and other places, is desirous of coming here to place street numbers on the houses of the village. It is a matter to which our people ought to give favorable consideration.


August 1884

Mr. J. D. Plummer completed the brick work on Hooker's block last week, and the removal of the staging brings to view a very neat and well proportioned structure, credible to the proprietor and architect and an ornament to the town. The carpenters are now busily employed upon the interior.


August 1884

Wantastiquet mountain has been pretty thoroughly stripped of its crop of blueberries this season. It is reckoned that no less than 100 berry-pickers visited the mountain some days last week, bringing an average of six or eight quarts a piece, or some 20 bushels altogether on a single day.


August 1890

T. J. Doolin has sold his fruit and confectionery stand at the corner of Flat and Main streets to A. E. Miller, who will run it as a branch of his Elliot street business.


August 1872

That drinking fountain has been in position at the corner of Main and High streets for some days, and seems to be pretty well patronized. If it would only run ice water!


August 1872

The New England Furniture Company's shop at Centreville is nearly completed and ready for the machinery. The building is 100 by 40 feet and four stories in height. A Leffel turbine wheel of 50 horse power has been put in.


August 1889

The much-needed repairs are being made on the Chase street school house.


August 1895

The patent "quick hitch" collars for the town horses have come and are proving very satisfactory. Some scheme will be devised for hanging them over the poles to the engines ready for instant use.


August 1894

A jolly load of overall company girls, on their way home from Lake Spofford last Saturday evening, had a diversion not down on the program when the livery company's tally-ho drew off a bank and tipped over on its side. Nobody was hurt. A mistake in hitching up the wheel horses did the mischief.


August 1848

Frederick N. Palmer is agent for Ross' Medicated Crystalized Soap, at the Post Office in Brattleboro, where it may always be found at wholesale or retail.


August 1882

A very desirable and much-needed improvement has been begun on High street hill. Near the top of the hill the street is to be widened by setting back Dr. Post's wall for a distance of two or three rods; a large tile drain is to be laid next to the wall and the present gutter covered over, giving a sidewalk on that side as well as widening the street.


August 1899

Brookside Park has been the scene of much laughter, much surprise and of some scepticism this week on account of the wonders wrought by Santanelli, the hypnotist, who has given exhibitions there every evening, beginning Monday. The power of this slender, long-haired personage over his subjects is really marvelous, and the antics which he caused them to go through when in hypnosis form an evening's entertainment worth seeing.


August 1905

A new flight of stairs has been built by A. W. Stowe this week from South Main street up the bank to Prospect street.


August 1847

Houses For Sale. The advertiser offers for sale his two large Dwelling Houses situated on Green St. One comprises two and the other three tenements, and both have a piazza in front. On the premises there is a Barn, Sheds, Fruit Trees, &c. Part of the whole will be sold at a bargain, as the owner is desirous of going west. James M. Reed.


August 1870

David W. Miller of this village commenced building a dwelling-house for Mr. Fay, on a lot purchased of J. Estey & Co., on Chestnut street on Wednesday, July 13, and had it finished ready for use on the following Saturday, July 16. Mr. Miller says this is the shortest time in which a house was ever built in Brattleboro.


August 1898

There was a big fall in baking powders and spices on Clark street this forenoon. Merton Staples was delivering goods and his wagon overturned while his horse was feeding. The fall frightened the horse, which ran several rods, smashing the whiffletree and otherwise damaging the wagon. The contents of the wagon were scattered all over the street.


August 1846

New Establishment. Jacob Marsh would inform his friends and the public generally, that he has opened a Shop for the manufacture of Tin Ware in all its variety, directly opposite the Phoenix House, and one door south of Wm. Hyde's Hat Store.


August 1920

An Overland touring car owned and driven by Herbert Keyes collided with the southbound trolley car shortly after 7 o'clock Tuesday night, with only slight damage to the automobile. The electric car was delayed only about 15 minutes.


August 1857

The Promenade Concert on Tuesday evening was well attended, and highly enjoyed by the large auditory. The net receipts which are devoted to the improvement of the Common, amounted to over one hundred dollars. This with the sums heretofore raised will do much for the improvement of that locality.


August 1861

Good News. Our readers will be pleased to learn that John W. Phelps of Brattleboro, at present Colonel of the 1st Regiment Vermont Volunteers, has been appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate as Brigadier General.


August 1861

About 4 o'clock Monday morning fire was discovered issuing from a car near the depot in this village, which was loaded the Saturday before with the clippings and shearings of wool. It was the result of spontaneous combustion. The fire was speedily extinguished by our engine companies with but little damage.


August 1873

At a meeting of the Western aqueduct association it was voted to lay a four-inch iron pipe from the main reservoir to the reservoir on High street, a distance of about one mile. It is estimated the whole expense will be less than $4000.


August 1879

Somebody who took a load of Western corn at the Valley Mills last Saturday evening left a generous trail of the grain from the Brooks House corner up through High Street.


August 1890

The location of the Wells fountain at the junction of Asylum and North Main street has been carefully determined, the ground staked out and the foundation contracted for, to be put in as soon as the village officials deem it safe to have the old fire department reservoir at that point pumped out.


August 1844

Master and Miss Sconcia have the honor to announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Brattleboro, that they will give a Vocal and Instrumental entertainment, at Dickinson's Hall, on Thursday evening. Tickets 25 cents each, to be had at Smith's Hotel, at the Music Store, and at the door.


August 1889

Prudent Ratté has bought the last lot of the Charlier property bounding on Elliot street. The only lots remaining are three low-priced ones on Union street and one south of the Charlier grounds.


August 1889

W .R. Phillips has raided two cotton plants from seed planted last March. The largest plant is five feet high, contains one blossom and several buds, and probably will yield a few pods of cotton.


August 1895

Twenty-nine horses were fastened on the east side of Main street between the town hall and the crossing at Elliot street corner Saturday morning when the electric trolley car bowled along. Not one of the animals noticed it.


August 1895

Geo. W. Pierce has at the Retreat farm a golden eagle which was captured by the Adams Brothers of Marlboro. The bird measures over seven feet from tip to tip.


August 1895

Burke & Pigeon have begun the erection of a building on Frost place which they will use for the manufacture of hosiery. The factory will be a two-story building, 40 x 18 feet.


August 1895

A horse owned by J. W. Thurber took fright at a cream separator on Cook hill in Centreville Tuesday evening and ran with carriage down Western avenue and High street, up Main and Linden streets to Chapin, where it was stopped by J. E. Hall, no damage having been done.


August 1849

Hon. Wm. L Marcy was in town a few days last week, and Hon. Martin Van Buren came on Tuesday of the present week with one of his sons, who has taken rooms at the Water Cure of Dr. Wesselhoeft. A son of John C. Calhoun, and Judge Watt of New Orleans, are also at the Institution, enjoying the benefit of its salubrious waters.


August 1877

The grading of Green street is nearly completed, in accordance with the order of the court commissioners. "A great improvement," will be the unanimous verdict when done.


Observations made at the top of High street hill, where excavation is in progress, show that the number of teams passing that point average one every two minutes.


August 1883

We shall be glad when Scribner & Co.'s new three-volume dictionary of the English language is out, because then we may be able to find words to tell just what we think of the condition of the approaches to our passenger station. When the new passenger station was built we were promised gateways and decent crossings and approaches. Let us have those promises fulfilled.


August 1883

In response to a petition the selectmen have decided to straighten Brook street by causing removal of George Brown's barn.


August 1888

The Society of Natural History received its first contribution for the museum on Tuesday. It was a great blue heron presented by H. H. Burnett of Guilford and measured six feet from tip to tip. Mr. Clary will mount it.


August 1894

Bogle & Brockington will serve hot clam chowder every day next week at their Elliot street stand.


August 1894

Sewall Morse came through the rapids below the toll bridge Monday in a canoe, something which has not been accomplished in a long time.


August 1894

Miss Wesselhoeft and Mrs. Selma Wesselhoeft of Boston were in town Tuesday. They are the daughters of Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft, the founder of the water-cures, so famous in their day, and their visit here was to see the old place once more and to call on Mr. Wm. Klinge, who is the only survivor of those who came here from Germany with Dr. Wesselhoeft.


August 1843

Beal's Tannery, situated in the West Village, was discovered to be on fire about half past nine o'clock on Tuesday evening last, and there not being an engine in that part of town, the fire had made too much head way before one arrived from our place, to be subdued, and the building, together with most of its contents, were destroyed.


August 1848

J. B. Miner, Copper-Plate Printer, Brattleboro, Vt. All orders for Business and Visiting Cards, Maps, &c, &c., will be executed in as good style and as as reasonable prices as can be done in New England. Having made arrangements with a good Engraver, I am prepared to do every description of Engraving at as Low Prices as can be done in or out of Boston. Also, Book and Job work done at reasonable prices.


August 1855

Mr. Addison P. Brown, a worthy young mechanic of this village, has invented an improvement in windmills that has received the commendation of scientific observers, and for which he has been granted letters patent, bearing the date July 3d, 1855. The improvement consists in the method of regulating the obliquity of the sails, by which they are rendered self-adjusting, according to variations in the velocity of the wind.


August 1860

Mead's statuette of "The Green Mountain Girl" is now in a basement room of the Town Hall, where it has been much visited and admired. It is a work of great delicacy of execution as well as of conception; and a face of more etherial beauty has probably never been cut upon marble.


August 1876

A national flag appropriately bearing the names of Hayes and Wheeler was thrown across Main street this morning.


August 1882

Workmen engaged in clearing out the machine shop pond the other day unearthed an old steam boiler. It proves to have been the one used in the dye-house of Stearn's silk factory, which was washed away in the freshet of December, 1878.


August 1905

An unusual visitor in Amidon & Co.'s grocery store Monday morning was a black and white cow which left the herd which was being driven down Main street and dashed across the sidewalk into the store, straight up to S. A. Daniels, the life insurance agent. The same cow attempted to walk into Bond's undertaking rooms, but was driven away when she got as far as the sidewalk.


August 1911

George M. Stark has bought the house at the corner of Cedar street and Western avenue of Henry Brown and John l. Knowlton and will move it Monday to a lot on the same street which he bought of the same parties. He intends to convert the house and a barn into two tenement houses.


August 1847

Burnham's Garden, in Brattleboro, is well worth visiting, by all who like to see a well-improved garden. We strolled through it the other day, and were very much pleased with its neat appearance, and the luxuriant growth of fruits and vegetables.


August 1864

The town voted to authorize their selectmen to hire volunteers to fill the quota of 500,000 men called for by the President July 18th. To pay a bounty to each volunteer of a sum not exceeding $1000; and to borrow on the credit of the town a sum of money sufficient to defray the expense of the same, to be paid on the tax bill of next year. The quota of the town under this call is 65.


August 1881

Astronomers predict that the new comet, which will soon be visible to the naked eye in the evening sky in the vicinity of the "Big Dipper," will develop a tail longer than the resplendent visitor of October, 1858.


August 1887

A. E. Doolittle figures out 15 building lots on his Charlier tract, some of them fronting on the Brook road and some on Union street; and he proposes to begin putting up houses on them this season.


August 1887

The Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad company's new iron bridge over West River was completed last Sunday by the transfer of the rails used in the temporary "Y," and trains are again running as of yore, much to the relief of both train men and passengers. The new structure was tested by running over it ten cars of West Dummerston granite, each car with its load weighing about 20 tons.


August 1898

A gang of six or seven "hoboes" got into a scrap in the freight yard Friday night about 10 o'clock and for a time made a Kilkenney panorama. Several people watched the fun until sticks and stones began to fly in all directions, when it was thought time to call the assistance of the police.


August 1846

The Brattleboro Library has been removed to Geo. H. Salisbury's Book Store, Brick Row. By a late regulation, all persons residing in this village, temporarily, are allowed the use of this Library at six cents per week.


August 1859

A new street has been laid out from Canal street over to the old road to Guilford, and named Washington Street; and another commencing at the westerly part of Washington Street and running around the brow of the hill aforesaid opposite the Cemetery.


August 1880

W. C. Perry, who has recently patented a new car coupler, goes to St. Louis this week, hoping to introduce his invention on the Wabash railway.


August 1880

Crosby's opera hall is undergoing improvements. A central dome has been added, having a ventilator at the top, and two or three small ventilators placed over the gallery, which, doubtless, will suffice to give an abundance of fresh air on all occasions. A balcony is also being put up over the walk in front of the block.


August 1886

Frank Houghton has a new 52-inch Royal Mail bicycle, the first of this standard English make which has been brought to Brattleboro.


August 1897

Staging and ladders have been raised to the top of the high smoke stack of the electric light station, in order that it may be painted.


August 1858

On Saturday evening of last week, the Mazeppa Engine Company, No. 4, of this village playing through 185 feet of hose and a 15-16 inch nozzle threw water to the extraordinary height of 195 feet! This is decidedly the best playing ever made in Brattleboro, and we think it has not been beat in all the region around us.


August 1862

The Festival in this Village on Wednesday evening by the Ladies Aid Society was a complete success. There was realized the very handsome sum of $530, which is to be appropriated for the sick and wounded soldiers. Blessings be on the heads of the patriotic women.


August 1885

Dr. Conland received a couple of Nantucket souvenirs from Col. Austine yesterday, in the shape of two right or sperm whale vertebrae. The whale was a small one, and the vertebrae are little things, 10 inches high and 38 inches in circumference, weighing about 25 pounds apiece.


August 1885

The Rural Improvement association voted to prepare and present to the village bailiffs a petition in behalf of the association requesting the erection of the suitable signs at the heads of intersections of the streets, giving the names of the streets.


August 1896

The excessive heat of last Sunday caused the fire alarm wire on Elliot street to expand and sag until it crossed another wire, causing a stroke of the bell and repeated blasts from the Estey gong. Electrician Niles climbed the pole to tighten the wire and at every step the movement of the pole caused another blast to be sounded.


August 1845

Farm For Sale. The subscriber offers for sale his pleasant little farm, situated about half way between the East and West villages in this town, about twenty rods south of the stage road, and directly on the road leading to Guilford, -- with a dwelling house, barn, and sheds thereon. Containing in the whole fifty-seven acres. For further particulars, inquire of Jairus Hall.


August 1857

Professor Carl's Exhibitions of dexterity, strength and ventriloquism are certainly wonderful. It is a marvel how any man made up of ordinary bone and muscle can put himself into so many attitudes, and in all of them display such superior skill. By request of many citizens he has consented to remain one more night.


August 1861

A box of selected provisions, dried fruits, and such other articles as will be found especially convenient and agreeable in camp life, has been made up by some of the friends of company C, 2nd Vt. Regiment; and was forwarded to them by express Tuesday. The boys will appreciate the "goodies" and the kindness of those to whom they are indebted for their reception.


August 1879

Mr. Geo. W. Thomas of North Adams announces he will be in town on Monday the 18th for the purpose of numbering the houses on the several streets in the village.


August 1890

A representative of the Commercial Union Telegraph company is in town to contract for the occupation of the company's office, which will be in the Brooks House near the elevator. None of the lines have been strung, but the poles have been set as far as Hinsdale.


August 1890

Postmaster General Wanamaker, in order to increase the efficiency of the free delivery service, desires to secure a device for a letter box for the doors of dwellings, simple in construction, low priced and capable of adjustment without defacing the door. Such a device will materially aid the carrier, besides increasing the security of the mail to the householder.


August 1890

A very fine specimen of Vermont copper ore has just been added to the natural history society's collection in the Brooks library.


August 1856

A gentleman from New Haven accompanied by two ladies, while ascending Wantastiquet mountain from this village on Thursday, met a large rattlesnake directly in his path near the summit, which he killed and brought down as a trophy. It is said the ladies behaved very valiantly. The snake was 4 feet and 1 inch in length, and had four rattles. This is the sixth that has been killed on the mountain this season.


August 1872

H. Hadley has just put up a new slaughter house near the Vernon road, a short distance below the village, on land purchased of George Lawrence.


August 1878

Mr. A. N. Joy has exchanged his house on Green street for Hines's tenement house, corner of High and Forest streets.


August 1889

An occasional rattlesnake is killed on Wantastiquet this year, as usual, and one was brought into the street last Friday. It is a matter of history that in the early days the snakes lived on the low lands in Vermont, and it is a curious fact that there is no authentic record of any person having been bitten by one.


August 1895

The conductors on the electric cars have been instructed to call streets and public buildings.


August 1895

Eighty-seven street signs have been placed throughout the village. This completes the work begun several years ago and designates the streets very conveniently.


August 1838

A Singing School for the Unitarian Society will commence on Monday evening next, at Wheeler's Hall. All the singers as well as those wishing to learn are invited to attend. The school will be under the instruction of Mr. Perry of Worcester.


August 1866

Oak Street -- The building of dwelling houses on this pleasant street is going on vigorously. All the lots of this street that were owned by Wells Goodhue are now sold, and houses are to be erected on them, making ten in all. We are glad to hear that the owners of the lots intend to set out elm trees on both sides of the street, which will in a few years add much to its beauty.


August 1866

We are happy to announce that more efficiency is to be imparted to the Fire Department of the village. The engine "Fountain" has been lately purchased at Lynn, Mass., for $900; a first class machine and one of the most powerful in New England.


August 1883

Mrs. Geo. E. Crowell had a birthday yesterday and her husband embraced the occasion to take her and the children and a few invited friends to make a trial of the capacity of the new Highland park as a picnic ground. The work of improvement is being pushed streadily forward, though its completion will necessarily be a work of years. An observatory will undoubtedly be built during the present season.


August 1888

The young people in the vicinity of Washington street have had considerable amusement this week over the attempts of some over-anxious order-loving citizens to stop croquet and ball playing on the school grounds. The offended juveniles destroyed the prohibitory signs Wednesday evening, after having covered them with black paint two nights in succession. Peace has not yet been declared.


August 1894

J. E. Coleman takes a pardonable pride in the appearance of his refitted barber shop, which without a doubt is now the finest shop in the state. A new ornamental steel ceiling, painted white, a dado of lignomour, new wall paper with freize and cornice in agreeable tints, new pictures, and furniture are among the improvements in the main room, while the rear room for ladies' and children's work has also received attention. Mr. Coleman has recently put a fifth chair into the shop.


August 1843

Dental Surgery. F. S. Stratton, Surgeon Dentist, would respectfully say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Brattleboro, and its vicinity, that he is again at his Rooms at Smith's Stage House, for a few weeks, where all operations in his profession will receive attention, as usual.


August 1848

Wanted, by a healthy Irish woman, a situation as Wet Nurse. Apply to Mrs. Cunningham, on Mr. Cahill's section, just below the village.


August 1855

We learn that Miss Sarah Hunt, formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., has purchased the house on the corner of Asylum st. and the Common, known as the "Belknap Estate," in this village. Miss Hunt has lately been an assistant teacher in the Patapsco Female Institute in Maryland, and we understand she has made the above purchase with a view of establishing a similar situation in this place.


August 1882

Miss Minnie Nutting, a pupil of Prof. Bayer and a young lady favorably known to Brattleboro people in connection with some of Mr. Schuster's concerts, offers her services, this week, as a piano teacher.


August 1899

A bonfire which was started yesterday morning near the woods on the Bradley farm got beyond control and soon the woods were ablaze and smoke rolled up in clouds that attracted the attention of nearly everybody in the village. The fire was finally extinguished by about 30 men from the Brattleboro Retreat.


August 1905

Reports came to Night Watchman Will Warren a few nights ago that different girls in the village were being hugged against their wishes while walking on the sidewalk at night.


August 1881

The Brattleboro Gas Company are preparing to extend their line up Western avenue and on to Forest square.


August 1881

The wife of Geo. W. Burnham, who left him some time since to live with a "handsomer man," came to the house where Burnham resides and, aided by a male accomplice, undertook to carry off her 12 year old daughter during Burnham's absence; but the girl offered so much resistance that after taking her as far as the "little bridge" in New Hampshire, they let her go and she returned home.


August 1898

The selectmen rendered their decision Tuesday morning in matter of the petition for the removal of John Sargent's piggery at West Brattleboro. The decision was that the selectmen had no authority to order the removal of the piggery.


August 1904

Articles of incorporation have been filed by the First church of Christ, Scientists in Brattleboro. It is organized for the purpose of promoting the interests and knowledge of the Christian science faith. The papers bear the signatures of 13 subscribers, all of Brattleboro.


August 1904

Gardner & Gardner, Springfield architects, have completed for Mrs. G. W. Hooker plans and specifications for the proposed new brick building in the rear of the Hooker building, for the use of Dunham Brothers. The contract for the masonry and other work will be placed as soon as possible.


August 1859

We are informed that the heirs of the late James Frost, of this village, have sold a lot of land situated at the upper end of High and Green streets and extending back to Elliot street, to Mr. Buckner of New Orleans, for the sum of $3750.


August 1875

Mrs. Schuster's new life preserver received another trial on Monday afternoon in the Connecticut river, at the cove opposite Walnut street. A large crowd of people witnessed the trial, which was quite satisfactory.


August 1880
H. F. Smith is about to build a new concrete walk, with granite curbings, on Main street from George Howe's corner to the Universalist church; also one from the town hall to the Congregational church.


August 1886

Photographers Howe and Wyatt have secured excellent views of the scene of Wednesday's railroad disaster, when the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad bridge across the mouth of the West river went down under the 4:30 freight train with passenger car attached, and the bridge, locomotive, and seven loaded freight cars were precipitated in a confused mass to the river bottom, some 40 feet below.


August 1897

The Crescent Hosiery company has increased its number of employees to 18. Small children's hose is all they are able to manufacture at present because of a lack of funds with which to buy new machinery; although they are constantly receiving orders for larger sized children's hose and men's and women's hose which they are obliged to turn away. Why isn't this home industry worth developing? Where is the board of trade?


August 1840

The Annual meeting of the "Brattleboro Thief Detecting Society," for the choice of Officers and the transaction of other business, will be held at Wheeler's Hall, on Tuesday the 25th inst. at 7 o'clock P. M. Per order, Addison Brown, Secretary.


August 1858

The welcome news, received Tuesday morning, that the anxiously expected message from Queen Victoria to President Buchanan, had actually been received and his reply returned, was greeted here by the firing of cannon and other such impromptu demonstrations of joy as suggested themselves on the spur of the moment. The Brattleboro Cornet Band was called out and a procession formed, which marched through some of the principal streets, occasionally giving vent to their enthusiasm by hearty cheers.


August 1862

A spirited war meeting was held in the Seminary at West Brattleboro on Monday. Dr. J.H. Stedman presided. The people of the "West Part" are getting thoroughly awake and do not mean to be behind in furnishing their quota of men and money.


August 1862

War Meeting In This Village. A large number of the citizens of Brattleboro assembled at Town Hall last Saturday. Hon. D. Kellogg was called to the chair, who urged various reasons for making up the full quota of men called for, by volunteers, rather than by drafting. A committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions for the purpose of offering a bounty to those who should volunteer for nine months.


August 1885

The village bailiffs, at the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, received and considered the petition for the erection of street signs. While the bailiffs look with favor upon the proposition, in their opinion supported by legal advice, the matter is one which properly comes under the department of highways. Proper signs will be erected if the town will give $25 toward the expense.


August 1896

The Roland T. Oakes Co. of Holyoke are putting into the auditorium a J. P. Cushing switch-board for operating the electric lights on the opera house. The board is equipped with 38 switches which control the lights in all parts of the stage and audience room, and four dimmers for varying the intensity of the light, whereby any combination of colors can be made, producing sunlight and moonlight effects.


August 1861

Postmaster Kellogg of this place has received a supply of new government postage stamps and envelopes which will be exchanged during the next six days for those on hand. Those having a quantity of stamps of the old style will do well to bear this in mind for a week hence the stamps and envelopes of the old issue will be worthless for all postage purposes.


August 1873

The night blooming cerus belonging to Mrs. Hines, on Green street, bore five blossoms on Wednesday night of last week.


August 1879

The railroad bridge across the mouth of the West river, built for the Brattleboro & Whitehall road, has just been completed. It is a substantial looking structure of the keystone combination pattern, and is about 30 feet in height and 210 feet in length in the clear.


August 1890

The telephone exchange has introduced a new attachment in its office for the use of operators in central offices. It consists of an arrangement of steel bands or springs by means of which a phone is held to the ear of the operator all the time, leaving both hands free for other work.


August 1919

In response to requests Rev and Mrs. James P. Hick and Evangelist Peter Jepson have decided to continue the gospel tent meetings at the corner of Canal and Washington streets for at least another week. These are Pentecostal meetings and are not connected with the Seventh Day Adventist meetings on the fair grounds.


August 1844

Within a few days the public spirit of some of our citizens has led to the improvement of the street leading to the Cemetery on Prospect Hill. The carriage road has been made smooth, and the grade greatly reduced, so that carriages can ascend the hill with comparative ease. The side walk for foot passengers has been widened, made smooth, and regularly graded.


August 1856

On Tuesday last another rain storm set in, and the rain continued falling until Wednesday evening without cessation. In consequence thereof Whetstone Brook, which empties into the Connecticut River at this village, was swollen to a size greater than we have ever before witnessed. Much damage was done to the buildings, bridges, and road near its course.


August 1872

The Greeley flag suspended over Main street was blown down in the gale of Thursday afternoon, while the Grant flag near by retained its position. Prophetic, of course.


August 1889

The first day of the Windham County Agriculutral society's annual fair at Newfane, Sept. 11th and 12th, will be devoted to cattle, and the second day to horses. The narrow gauge railroad will sell half-fare tickets, and stock for exhibition will be carried free.


August 1895

When the eastern wall of the town hall building was torn down this week, one brick was noticed to bear an inscription which has been deciphered as "Why will you thus my hopes destroy. I cannot bear a rival's joy." There is a signature "June." A date is also given but the last two figures are indistinct. This brick was made and marked at West Brattleboro more than 40 years ago. Can anyone give the history of the inscription?


August 1877

A gang of thieves, who seem to have followed President Hayes's party to this place from Bennington, did a brisk business during the rush and jam at the Brooks House incident to the reception. They were experts at the business and managed so shrewdly that they escaped arrest, and for the most part even suspicion, until it was too late.


Soon after arising in the morning the President was waited upon by a few citizens, who expressed their pleasure at seeing him in Brattleboro, and tendered him any hospitalities within their reach. In reply Mr. Hayes said that the arrangement of the day's programme was in their hands, his only purpose for himself, during his stay, being to visit his relatives, and renew, as far as possible, in the brief time afforded, his acquaintance with scenes with which he was familiar in his boyhood.


August 1888

The window which the children of the late Madam Sarah Goodhue have placed in the remodeled Centre church in her memory is of miffled English catherdral and selected opalescent glasses, and is remarkable for brilliant irridescent effects and the harmonious blending of color tones. It is an artistic production, highly creditable to the house of Phipps, Slocum & Co., of Boston, which furnished it.


August 1906

George B. Crowell's lawn was the scene of a gleeful baby party last Friday. 30 little people attended. The beautiful display of dahlias and the evergreen arch were the striking features. Children each received a toy.


August 1837

Within a few days a party belonging to one of the Canadian tribes of Indians, has been encamped near the town house in this town. . .


August 1843

The Selectmen of Brattleboro are wishing to contract for the building of the Bridges recently carried off on Whetstone Brook. Also, the bridge near Beal's bark-mill. Apply immediately. They will be at Goodenough's tavern next Saturday, at 1 o'clock, P. M.


August 1848

Esty's Pump and Lead Pipe Manufactory! At the Old Stand South of the Bridge. The Subscriber continues to manufacture Copper Pumps and Lead Pipe of superior quality, which he will warrant to be equal to any made in this or any other place. Pressed Pipe coated with tin, called next to silver, constantly on hand and for sale at the lowest prices. Lumber and most kinds of produce taken in exchange. Jacob Esty.


August 1893

It is not true that Forepaugh's circus was kept out of Brattleboro by the high license charged by the selectmen. After inquiry as to the size of the show Mr. Boyden fixed $50 as the charge for the license. With this sum the agent found no fault, but said the island was nearer and he thought it would bring more patronage, besides being cheaper, to pitch the tents there than to come to this side of the river. The circus pays $10 for the privilege of a street parade.


August 1899

Business at the Estey Organ works is very thriving. Not since the silver craze stuck the country and caused everybody to hoard gold and all other kinds of currency have orders come in so freely as during this summer. It looks like old times to see three Estey wagons in constant procession to the station with organs for all parts of the United States and to almost every country in the world. This is a state of affairs in which everybody in Brattleboro rejoices.


August 1899

Work at the Snowflake corn canning factory began Monday, but up to yesterday only a small amount of corn had been canned. Sufficient corn has been brought in to keep a small number of huskers busy since Monday, but the work will not begin in earnest until the first of next week when a large force of huskers will be given work.


August 1870

We hear complaints of cobble stones and other obstructions lying in the streets of our village, and in the roads of the neighborhood, which might be removed at small expense, and to the great advantage of travelers. Will those who have charge of the streets and roads see to this matter?


August 1881

Some of the residents of High and Green streets, in removing their dooryard fences, have set an example worthy of general imitation by their neighbors. Were all highway fences removed from our streets, it would add very much to the beauty of the village.


August 1886

J. F. Coy, the suspected dynamiter and bomb thrower left town last Saturday afternoon by the 5 o'clock train, thinking, it may be, that his talents were not fully appreciated here. He went from here to Keene, N. H. where he was seen and recognized. The Keene officers have been notified as to the sort of fellow he is supposed to be.


August 1920

The right rear wheel of one of the Retreat coal carts crushed under the weight of its load Tuesday afternoon when near Wells fountain, every spoke breaking from the rim and hub. The load was transferred to another cart and taken to its destination.


August 1845

Two Lives Lost By Drowning! On Sunday last Mr. Wilham Chamberlain and a lad of about 10 years of age, son of Mr. Merrick Newton, were drowned while being in the Connecticut river, at a place near this village called "the rocks."


August 1858

This portion of the state seems to be, at the present time, flooded with peddlers of all sorts of goods. The regular merchant is the man to be patronized. He is one of our own citizens, helps pay the taxes that support our government and its institutions. The peddler is a roving individual. He does not pay taxes nor has he any interest to maintain a reputation for honesty.


August 1862

The old school house on Chase street is undergoing repairs. It was quite time that it should be made more comfortable for the little folks who resort thither, and they will heartily rejoice at the change.


August 1874

A finger was broken from one of the statues on the Fisk Monument, last Sunday, by some person who is either a sneak or a villain. Any human being who will in any way injure, deface, or wantonly tamper with anything which the living having thoughtfully and tenderly placed on the graves of the dead, ought to be banished from a decent society, and is to be himself denied a Christian burial.


August 1885

The firemen are very much dissatisfied because the board of bailiffs propose to refuse them the customary appropriation for an annual parade. The cost of the annual parade is about $125 for the land, horses and refreshments, and the village has paid the expense for seven or eight years past. This action comes undoubtedly from a purpose to lop off all doubtful expenditures, and is due to the action of the last village meeting in "sitting down" on all appropriations of doubtful legitimacy.


August 1891

President Harrison paid his promised visit to Brattleboro Thursday afternoon and the program arranged was carried out in spite of the drizzling rain which fell the greater part of the day. As he stepped from the train the President was met by Col. Estey.


August 1903

George L. Dunham, L. F. Adams and E. W. Gibson will be a committee on street decorations for the Valley Fair this year. The decoration of the streets is an important feature of the Valley Fair. It makes the streets a beautiful sight and gives visitors the welcoming appearance of a holiday when they arrive.


August 1903

Wednesday was the day set by the selectmen for a hearing on the petition of citizens for a highway to be laid out connecting South Main street with the new Oak Grove extension.


August 1857

We have received numerous complaints of late from persons living on High street, that after paying a heavy tax for protection from fire by the building of reservoirs, they are left defenceless. The Reservoir on this street is not half full nor has it ever been. It is hoped that the matter will not be neglected until winter.


August 1879

G. W. Thomas is making quite thorough work of numbering the village streets, and expects to finish this week. Persons whose residences have been overlooked or omitted may call upon him at the Brattleboro House.


August 1884

Messrs. Herrick and Boyden are laying plans for putting up a business block on their Elliot street lot lately bought of W.H. Esterbrook. The block is to have frontage of between 50 and 60 feet, with accommodations for two stores on the ground floor. The foundation will be laid this fall.


August 1902

The line of the president's procession next Monday afternoon will be from the railroad station up Main, North Main street, to Common, and return via Linden street. Merchants and residents along the route are requested to display flags and to decorate with flags and bunting.


August 1839

Mr. Elliot Cresson, it is expected, will address the inhabitants of Brattleboro on Sunday next, upon the subject of Colonization.


August 1856

We take this opportunity to suggest to the citizens of this village the importance of additional facilities for obtaining a supply of water, in case of fire on High or Green streets. At present that portion of the village is not adequately provided in this respect. Another reservoir of greater capacity than any now in the village is necessary, and it should be located at some accessible point between Green and High streets.


August 1872

Frost's old building in the rear of Crosby's block, formerly used as a store, has been removed, and the material is to be used in the erection of three tenements on the Brook road, west of Birge street.


August 1878

Willard's drug store was visited Monday evening by several hundred people to see Mrs. Bradley's night-blooming cereus, which exhibited twelve blossoms.


August 1838

Attorney's Notice. The Notes and Accounts of the late firm of Sargeant & Stockwell, are left in my hands for collection. Those who pay within a few days, will be charged no cost. Those who neglect this call, will be sued without further notice. Asa Keyes.


August 1877

Mrs. Dryer of Chicago, one of Moody's workers, gave some very interesting Bible readings and expositions at the Congregational church, last Monday afternoon and evening.


August 1877

O. R. Vesper, a Vermont veteran whose peculiarity is that he wears a coat with twice as many sleeves as he has use for, is engaged hereabouts in selling Hall's Excelsior Washing and Bleaching Compound.


August 1877

The new hand steam fire engine, purchased by the village, has arrived and been placed in the engine house on Elliot street. It was built by the Jones & Clapp Manufacturing Company, and cost $2500.


August 1883

The laying of the Green street main for Crowell's aqueduct to the corner of Elliot and Main streets has been prosecuted with vigor this week with the hope of completing it to-morrow.


August 1888

The Brattleboro jelly company, consisting of Geo. E. Crowell, W. S. Williams, F. A. Radway and C. D. Whitman, is putting in machinery west of the Crowell and Wheeler building, on Flat street, and expect to begin active operations as soon as the apple crop is ready. The mill will be able to turn out a ton of jelly a day, while the daily capacity of the cider press is from 100 to 200 barrels.


August 1894

The busts and pictures for the High school room have arrived and are being put in place this week. The busts are ten in number, and included the following subjects: Homer, Demosthenes, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Shakespeare, Milton, Washington, Lincoln and Grant.


August 1894

The putting in of the concrete walk on the north side of Elliot street has necessitated the building of a new approach to the armory. The entrance is now reached from a broad platform, from either end of which stairs descend to the level of the sidewalk.


September 1855

The third theatrical representation at the Lawrence Water Cure transpired on Friday evening of last week. The representation was preceded by tableaux vivante of Uncle Tom and little Eva, Othello relating his adventures, Mrs. Squeer's Breakfast scene, King Lear's Death Scene, and Trial Scene from 'Merchant of Venice.' We did not witness the above, but are informed that this part of the entertainment was highly successful. The farce of "Boots at the Swan," concluded the entertainment.


September 1893

Sixteen years ago Mrs. Gen Estey gave her son, J. Gray, a small gold ring as a birthday gift. In a few days he lost the ring. Monday, while wading at Spofford lake, Bertie Wood saw something shining in the sand. He reached down and picked up what proved to be a gold ring, worn somewhat by the action of the sand and water. On the inside was the inscription "August 2, 1877 - J. Gray Estey," which led the honest finder to return it to the surprised owner.


September 1847

The Hutchinson Family gave a Concert in this village on Monday evening. Long before the hour appointed, the large Baptist Church was filled to overflowing. It was a perfect jam -- not only the seats but the aisles were crowded full. Abby, the "sweetest songstress of the grove," won all hearts, by the artless modesty of her demeanor, and the naive simplicity and archness with which she sang "Spider and the Fly."


September 1881

S. M. Waite was brought to Brattleboro by the 10 o'clock train on Wednesday morning, by Deputy Marshal Sprague, to testify in the several cases now pending before the commissioners against his estate in insolvency. He walks the streets in company with the deputy-marshal with all his old-time air of enjoyment and careless indifference. Whatever else may be the matter with him Waite evidently is not a prey to remorse and compunction for his sins and crimes.


September 1887

The foundation of the Asylum tower was laid in July and its massive walls are now rising slowly but surely. It is circular in shape with a diameter of 18 feet. The material is of stone and cement with an inner lining of brick. The stone is quarried near by on the high land among the trees in the park. The present season the walls will be carried to a height of ten feet, and five years will probably be occupied in completing the structure.


September 1859

During the evening of Sunday and morning of Monday last, the heavens were illumined from the circumference to center with a more magnificent display of the aurora borealis than we had ever seen before, and one that has been seldom if ever equalled in this latitude. The views were so constantly varying and shifting that it would require pages for an adequate description of the rich variety of celestial scenery then exhibited.


September 1897

The Canal street switch is a well-spring of trouble to the Brattleboro Street railway company. There were many inconveniences in getting a location of the switch. Miss Serotia A. Alexander has now sent a petition to the county court concerning her grievances occasioned by the switch, asking for removal as the court see fit.

September 1897

Chief of Police Hall found a chestnut horse with only a chain halter on running loose on Main street before daylight Tuesday morning. It is now in the stable of the Brattleboro Livery company.


September 1885

Simon Brooks caught some boys stealing watermelons from his patch Sunday, and delivered them over to Officer Herrick. Owing to their youth the rogues were allowed their liberty, but the affair is not yet settled.


September 1896

The orchestra pit at the auditorium has been lengthened to the full width of the stage, the floor raised, and a handsome metal balustrade put in place of the matched wood work. The pit is now of the same style as the ones in the leading theatres of the country.


September 1884

The stagings have been removed from Ryther's new block this week, revealing a handsome front of pressed brick with granite trimmings, surmounted by a heavy galvanized iron cornice in imitation of granite. The architectural effect is excellent, and the building lends a pleasing and striking variety to our Main street architecture.


September 1902

Secret Service Agent Detective Craig, who was killed in the accident to the presidential party, road on the seat with the driver when the President passed through the streets of Brattleboro.


September 1902

A Clement stereopticon exhibition was given in front of the American House Saturday night. A large curtain was suspended at an angle so that it could be seen a long distance up Main street and alleged funny pictures and inscriptions of trite sayings by Clement were thrown upon the curtain. A large crowd was attracted, but little enthusiasm was shown except by boys.


September 1844

The morning the slumbers of our citizens were disturbed on Tuesday last by the cry of fire! fire! and the ringing of alarm bells. It proved to be in the extensive Tannery of Goodhues, Chapin & Co., and when we first saw it was raging with much violence in the west wing of the building, in the neighborhood of the engine, from which it probably caught.


September 1872

The school house on Chase street was partially destroyed by fire last Saturday night, but was saved by the efforts of the firemen, with injuries amounting to two or three hundred dollars. Incendiarism seems to be the only reasonable ground of explanation.


September 1878

The first telephone put into operation in this town for business purposes by the county agents, F. W. Childs & Co., has been put up for E. Crosby & Co., and runs from their office to the freight depot. Several other lines are in contemplation.


September 1889

It is no disparagement to any other good work of the kind to say that the mammoth posters, 3 1/2 by 6 feet in size, which Hildreth & Fales have got out for the Valley Fair this week, are the handsomest and most attractive ever printed in Brattleboro.


September 1895

The huge mosquito in Morse & Simpson's window, worked by a water motor, has attracted amused glances this week as it has bored away vigorously on a shoe toe.


September 1838

Notice. Mr. Palmer's third term of instruction upon the Piano, will commence with the second week of September. Those who wish his services will have the kindness to leave their names at the Bookstore, previous to the above-named time. Terms $10, per term of 24 lessons.


September 1838

A fair Reward will be given for the return of a Brush Scythe, loaned some one a long time since (name forgotten.) Also, a light colored silk pocket handkerchief, dropt in the street awhile since. Sam'l Elliot.


September 1877

The favorite and popular occupation on bright evenings just now, is the study of Mars and his newly-discovered satellites, with the aid of a mirror. By securing a reflection of the rays of the planet in the glass his moons are distinctly seen.


September 1883

About half-past six o'clock last Sunday evening smoke was discovered issuing from the basement of the tenement house on Canal street commonly known as the Ward building. The fire department was promptly on hand, but could not save the building, which was entirely destroyed.


September 1883

In digging for Crowell's reservoir, not long since, the workmen discovered a small bed of iron ore, accompanied by plumbago. No importance is attached to the discovery, however, any more than to the fact that traces of gold and other precious minerals sometimes occur in our hills and streams.


September 1888

The brick engine house of the New London Northern railroad company, just south of the depot, was destroyed by fire early last Saturday morning.


September 1888

An entertainment of more than ordinary interest is promised for next Wednesday afternoon and evening, when Biscoe's "Battle of Gettysburg," a series of oil paintings illustrating the great fight, will be exhibited at the town hall under the auspices of Sedgwick post.


September 1894

Architect F. W. Crosby has his plans completed for the Farmers' & Mechanics' exchange building. The first floor, 74 by 85 feet, will contain the combination store, which will be as large as three ordinary stores. In it farmers' implements, hardware, and all other goods in general use by farmers will be sold. On the second floor will be a banquet hall in the centre, and on each side of it a tenement. The upper floor will be a large hall.


September 1837

Steam Saw Mill. Any quantity of Custom Logs will now be received and sawed at short notice and on reasonable terms. Mill and Circular Saws breasted. Dr. John Wilson.


September 1848

Land For Sale. The subscriber has about 50 acres of land at the mouth of the West River, which he offers for sale. One half or more has a thrifty growth of timber upon it, and a good building lot with water thereon. Said lot would make a pleasant situation for any one wishing to live a little out of the village. Henry Allen.


September 1855

Rev. Eleazer Williams -- the celebrated missionary among the St. Regis Indians, and the individual who, it is claimed by some, is the eldest son of the unfortunate Louis XVI, of France, -- has recently been spending a few days in this village.


September 1860

Miss Dollie Dutton, The Smallest Girl in the World of her age. Few will forget the levees of this little Queen of the Fairies, to be given at the Town Hall Brattleboro, this Saturday and Monday afternoons and evenings. Admission 15 cents; Children, 10 cents; Children in the afternoon, 5 cents.


September 1871

Considerable local excitement by the report of a "wild man" on Wantastiquet. A search party had no success finding a man or woman in a state of entire nudity with red hair reaching the shoulders.


September 1876

Newton's milk cart was pretty thoroughly demolished and his horse badly bruised, Tuesday, from the animal taking fright at a wheelbarrow on Western Ave., and running down Green and Elliot streets into the Revere House barn.


September 1893

Artist Hardie has made some changes in the face of the clock on the Canal street school building. The sunburst is left, but the centre of it has been painted black, and the outer points have been stained so as to take away the glare. The time by the clock can now easily be ascertained from High street.


September 1836

Notice To Saw Mill Owners And Others. The subscriber has now for Sale and continues to Manufacture, his approved Machines, at John Gore & Co.'s Blacksmith Shop, in Brattleboro, for the purpose of Bresting Saw Mill and Circular Saws, of every description, which he believes is the best constructed machine that has yet been offered to the public. Nathaniel Bangs.


September 1881

Some of the mothers living near the common find it one of the mysteries of life that there is no opening in the fence surrounding that public enclosure which will admit a baby carriage. We know of no reason why the babies should be excluded, and the point made by the mothers that there ought to be a suitable gateway for their accommodation seems to be well taken.


September 1881

It begins to be evident that Brattleboro is to have a tasteful and commodious railroad station at no distant day. The work of slating the roof is in progress, and when this is done the inside work will be pushed forward rapidly.


September 1892

The valuable collection of shells belonging to the late Admiral Green, presented by his son Rev. F. W. Greene, to the natural history museum, has been received, and next week Dr. Clark will unpack the shells and put them in order in the new case provided for them by the trustees.


September 1898

Janitor Thayer is making an improvement at the Auditorium which will be appreciated on hot weather evenings when there are gatherings there. He has cut a hole through the partition under the stairs and he will put therein an ice-water tank.


September 1875

We understand that J. Estey & Co. and Prof. Charlier have purchased a controlling interest in the Brattleboro Water Company and propose to lay three inch iron pipe five feet deep, the whole length of their aqueduct before cold weather sets in.


September 1886

The appearance of the sea serpent in the Connecticut river was announced yesterday morning and ever since we have had a lookout stationed to announce his arrival at Brattleboro. We also have a doctor ready to attend to the lookout as soon as he sees the snake.


September 1886

Dwellers on Clark street regard Mrs. A. Rogers pigweed as the floral success of the season. It has attained a height of 9 feet and branched out so that the fowls of the air may, if they will, come and lodge on the branches of it.


September 1897

W. H. Childs has given the High school a barometer, a full set of thermometers - maximum and minimum and a wet and dry bulb - and anemometer and a weather vane. Mr. Childs has a complete set of meteorological instruments, valued at $5000, and he will turn them over to the school when he becomes convinced that they will be properly used and the records kept correctly.


September 1858

Estey's new building, that has been erected on the site occupied by Estey & Green's Melodeon shop, before the fire of one year since, is now completed. Steam power is to be introduced by means of a shaft extending from the present Melodeon shop under the street to the new building. We are happy to learn that most of the room in this building is already rented. It indicates a healthy vitality in the mechanical business of Brattleboro, and will conduce to the growth and prosperity of the place.


September 1885

It has been decided to open a street from Asylum street through the lane which leads to B. Ranger's, and from there through to Oak street. The street will open up several desirable building lots of the Williston and Chapin estates, and eventually a street will probably be run from this street north to Asylum street, entering between the old Chapin homestead and J. L. Martin's.


September 1891

A glance at the new Brattleboro directory is sufficient to show that it is the worst botch of the kind ever palmed off on the Brattleboro public. It is nothing less than a swindle to sell a directory so full of glaring mistakes and upon which it is evident that almost no work was done. The owner of one copy has already checked off 200 mistakes. This directory is of about as much use as an 1800 almanac would be for this year.


September 1903

Some of the timbers in the traveling crane on the new bridge works gave way Wednesday afternoon as an iron was being hoisted and fell to the trestle with a crash. The men under the crane got warning in time to escape injury.


September 1879

Plans for a band platform or balcony to be erected over the entrance to the town hall have been received from Boston Architects. These plans contemplate an ornamental iron structure about 14 feet long and 5 or 6 feet wide, supported by brackets and of ample strength for the purpose required of it. The cost will be less than $200.


September 1884

The Esteyville Blaine and Logan club celebrated the Maine victory on Tuesday evening with cannon-firing and a general jollification. We are glad to know that there is one section of the town which has "sand" enough to do something of this kind.


September 1890

Friends of the Valley Fair, and that means everybody, should remember the "department of antiques," which will be a new feature this year and is meant to include all sorts of articles of antiquarian and historical interest.


September 1902

A man occupying one of the shanties near the canning factory was arrested Saturday on suspicion of having stolen potatoes. A local merchant said he had sold the man potatoes, but they did not look like those then in his possession. The man was released as there was no positive proof against him.


September 1895

The open car which has been built for the Brattleboro Street Railroad company will be shipped next Monday. It has more seating and standing room than the cars now in use, with a 7-foot spread, side and end roof, revolving signs, bronze trimmings, and a combination finish of mahogany, white maple and white ash. It is of the pattern known as the 1895 "Wason Standard." It's seating capacity is 50 persons.


September 1838

For Sale, The House and Store formerly occupied by N. B. Williston. Terms liberal and possession given immediately. Apply to S. M. Clark at the Rule Factory.


September 1883

Mr. Crowell's Highland park has already become a popular resort, and the work of improvement which is in progress there, in charge of Mr. Eason, is watched with great interest. Work upon the bridge across the ravine on the main avenue has already begun.


September 1894

The bailiffs have made a contract with the Brattleboro Gas Light company to replace the gas and gasoline lamps with 25-candle power incandescent electric lights, 52 in all to be put in. The price per lamp will be $18 per year - the same as heretofore paid for the gas lights. The new electric lights will be put in as soon as the wires can be strung. They are to be lighted every night that is dark and stormy, and will burn until 11 o'clock.


September 1855

A very handsome display of fireworks was exhibited Saturday evening at the Wesselhoeft Water Cure. The rockets were quite large, and their bursting was truly magnificent. Their display, we learn, was by the liberality of Mr. James Lodge, a guest at the Cure.


September 1860

A house on wheels passed through this town on Thursday, drawn by a yoke of oxen and a span of horses. It is a daguerreau saloon, "whipping the cat" round the country in miniature-making. None but the wealthy could have miniatures of themselves a few years ago; but they are brought even to the doors of the poor now.


September 1860

The little fairy, Dollie Dutton, finished her series of entertainments to the inhabitants of Brattleboro in the Town Hall on Monday evening. While she herself is but nine years old, measuring 29 inches in height and weighing 15 pounds, she was assisted and sustained by two other persons, upon whose births the reverse ends of a powerful magnifying glass had seemed to smile in respective proportions.


September 1905

The unlimited educational value of moving pictures has been nowhere demonstrated so forcibly as in Lyman H. Howe's new program which will appear in the Auditorium Thursday afternoon. The entertainment is resplendent with scenes and incidents of interest gleaned from all lands and is the fruition of a life-time of study and a genius of incessant work. The siege of Port Arthur is a feature of the latest entertainment.


September 1887

The new electric light located at the corner of Grove and Main streets put in its appearance Tuesday evening.


September 1892

The steam roller has proved a source of terror to many horses on Main street this week, but luckily no serious accidents occurred.


September 1898

Conversation was carried on Wednesday between Brattleboro and Chicago via the long distance telephone. The speaking could be heard as distinctly as over an ordinary short circuit. The man who did the telephoning used the equipment four minutes and the price was $8.50.


September 1880

The smoke which filled the air hereabouts during the latter part of last week undoubtably came from the burning forests in Canada.


September 1886

There will be a meeting of the Brattleboro Woman's Indian association in the parlor of the Y.M.C.A. next Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. All ladies interested in the cause are cordially invited to be present. The membership fee is only 50 cents.


September 1886

Since many people riding past Fred Waite's have stopped to inquire how many cords of wood that immense pile of his by the roadside contains, doubtless we shall be doing him a service if we state the number - 354. It forms part of a lot of 1000 cords of pine wood which he has contracted to furnish to the Vermont asylum.


September 1897

There was a good attendance at the conundrum supper given at the Universalist church parlors last evening by the Young People's union - the manner of serving the supper being new and entertaining. The bill of fare included: Extract of Caine, Staff of Life, Son of Noah, Nature's Elixir, Twisted Sweetness, Snowbound, Salted Bovine, Crustacean food, Ireland's Pride, Old Maid's Delight, Lacteal Fluid, Baked Sponge, Elevated Feline, a Dish of Shivers, Cold Briney Cow, and the Joy of Darwin's Ancestors. Each person was obliged to order his supper from the list, and in many cases the articles received were a surprise to those who ordered them.


September 1862

Army Notice. Sealed proposals will be received at this office until the 21st inst., for the furnishing of uncooked rations for about Five Thousand troops, while encamped at Brattleboro, Vermont. The rations must be of the best quality, and the contract will be given to the lowest responsible bidder. William Austine, Maj. U. S. Army, Mustering and Disbursing Officer


September 1891

"Joe" Kemp, a genuine cow-boy from Idaho, passed through Brattleboro on Tuesday with a carload of 29 elk which he lassoed in the mountains. He sold them to Austin Corbin, the noted railroad man, for $150 each, and the animals were being taken to Mr. Austin's large preserve near Newport, N. H. Idaho Joe was dressed in the conventional cow-boy costume, with sombrero and leather trousers.


September 1879

Mr. Herrick is improving the looks and value of his residence, as well as the appearance of Main street, by moving his house, just north of the Congregational church, back in line with the other dwellings on that side of the street. The work of removal was accomplished Tuesday afternoon in the most successful manner, there being not the least jar or strain upon any part of the building.


September 1879

The hall which Mr. Edward Crosby is constructing at the top of his Market block on Elliot street, by the erection of a Mansard roof, and a suitable addition in the rear, begins to take tangible form, and will evidently supply in a satisfactory manner a want which has been long felt in this community.


September 1884

Carrie Swain played "Cad the Tom-boy" before a fair-sized house at Crosby hall on Tuesday evening, and delighted her hearers with her vivacious acting and excellent singing.


September 1884

Sherman & Jenne made a very successful test of the hand grenade fire-extinguisher in front of the town hall on Tuesday. A large box was filled with inflammable stuff, daubed over with coal tar, the whole saturated with kerosene oil, and then lighted. When it had become a mass of roaring flame three or four of the bottles or grenades broken in the fire completely extinguished it. The grenades are intended for use indoors and are invaluable for use in putting out a fire in its first stages.


September 1890

An obstruction of the wheel at Fletcher's mill caused some trouble Wednesday, and on shutting down for an investigation an eel, some six feet in length and three and one half inches in diameter was found entangled in it. The head measured about seven inches in length.


September 1902

One of the special attractions at the Valley Fair next Wednesday and Thursday will be Madame Planka, who will present with her educated lions the same act which was given at the Pan American exposition last year. Madam Planka has five lions which will perform a large variety of tricks. Rex, the largest of the five, will appear in a tight rope performance.


September 1839

For Sale -- A few thousand Morus Multicaulis and Alpine Mulberry Trees, by Solymun Cune.


September 1856

The Hutchinsons, Judson, John, and Asa, will give a concert at the Town Hall on Saturday evening, 20th inst. They sing of Freedom and humanity; and all whose hearts are inclined to these virtues will not fail to catch the inspiration of such noble themes as it falls from the lips of song. Go early and take your friends with you.


September 1889

A conference was held Monday evening at the Brooks Library building, between the trustees of the building and the town trustees, one outcome of which was that leave was granted to the Natural History society to place certain cases of cabinet specimens around the walls of the north or ladies' reading room, but not in such a way as to interfere with the use of the room for the purpose which Mr. Brooks designed it.


September 1895

Although the cutting of South Canal street hill is complete, the sidewalks and gutters and the approaches to the Fuller and Hall estates are not finished. There is much that is uncertain as to the true line of the Guilford road.


September 1877

While Col. Austine and Rev. W. H. Collins were out driving on Tuesday afternoon their horse became frightened near the residence of J. W.Frost on Green street, and running, overturned the carriage, throwing out Col. Austine and dragging Mr. Collins for a little distance down the hill toward Elliot street. Both gentlemen were well shaken up and more or less bruised, but fortunately no serious injuries were sustained.


September 1888

A burlesque Belva Lockwood procession escorted by the drum corps paraded the streets Friday evening.


September 1894

A new stone and iron covering has been placed on the Oak street cistern taking the place of the wooden one which has caved in.


September 1876

A fire has been smoldering in Knapp's swamp at Centerville for several weeks past, but it appears to have been extinguished by the recent rains.


September 1887

The Valley Mill company have completed their new elevator, which greatly enlarges their storage capacity, and enables them to handle 500 bushels of corn per hour, or to unload a new car of corn in 20 minutes.


September 1892

The merry-go-round, which did such a thriving business at Bellows Falls for several weeks, was brought here Monday and put in operation on the island ball ground.


September 1892

F. D. Williams is building for E. E. Stockwell a cart weighing two tons, which has four-inch steel axles and tires six inches wide. It is to be used in drawing the Estey monument from the station to the cemetery. Sixteen yoke of oxen will be attached. One piece of the monument weighs 20 tons.


September 1898

A special attraction in this year's poultry department at the Valley Fair will be an exhibit of English pheasants by Peter S. Chase of Esteyville. He has raised this year a large number of chicks and he will exhibit in all 50 birds, shown in several pens.


September 1846

The annual fair and cattle show of the Windham County Agricultural Society will be holden at the East village in Brattleboro on the 7th and 8th of October next. The exhibition of animals will be on the Common, where suitable pens and posts will be provided.


September 1859

Powder! Powder! Frost & Goodhue are Agents for the sale of E. R. Tinker & Co.'s Sporting and Blasting Powder. The trade supplied at manufacturers prices. Also, agents for the sale of the Safety Fuse.


September 1886

R. G. Hardie, jr., is now engaged on a life size porttrait of Mr. Geo. J. Brooks, which in due time will be hung in the new Brooks Library building. Mr. Brooks gives the sittings for this portrait at the request of several leading citizens of Brattleboro, who wished in this way to attest their appreciation of his generous gift to the town and of his interest in everything that pertains to its welfare.


September 1897

The work of making Maple street in Esteyville three rods wide is now in progress under the direction of E. E. Stockwell. The improvements will be carried to completion as far west as Pleasant street this fall, and to the Clark road next year.


September 1897

Photographer John. C. Howe has presented the school committee with a large framed photograph of the old High school building which stood just south of the site of the present one. The picture will be hung in the High school room.


Vermont Phoenix, Thursday, September 25, 1845 2.5---

Mr. John Plummer, of West Brattleboro, committed suicide early last Sunday morning, by cutting his throat with a butcher's knife, which had been made very sharp. His intention to make way with himself had been for some time suspected---he had himself, indeed, previously told his friends to keep all edge tools away from his sight, saying that his mind was sometimes strangely inclined to do himself harm. The greatest possible care was therefore observed, and his nephew had slept in the room with him, in order to have a better opportunity to watch him. Mr. Plummer had been in the habit of rising early of mornings, and smoking. On Sunday morning he arose as usual, and had been out of the room but a moment, when his nephew heard a noise, as of water plashing upon the floor. He immediately got up, and proceeding to the spot where he thought he heard the noise, found his uncle just in the act of falling, his throat being cut from ear to ear with a terrible gash.


Mr. Plummer was 68 years of age, was a man of some property, and had been highly esteemed here as one of our best and most useful citizens.


September 1858

Donati's Comet - This erratic visitor may be seen every clear evening as it has been during the past three weeks, in the heavens, a little below the tail of the "Dipper." It is exceedingly brilliant with millions of miles of tail. Although this is not strictly a local item, an observation of its beauties is worthy the attention of our readers in this latitude. It is expected the comet will not brush the earth with its caudal appendage.


September 1874

Crosby's brick building in the rear of the "Crosby block," has been enlarged by an addition of a new section on the north, fronting on the Brooks House square. The building will be known as "Harmony block," and the location as "Harmony place."


September 1874

The "brook road" between this village and Centreville is now open to travel. The bridges have been leveled up, the road straightened and graded, and altogether bettered. The amount expended is somewhere between $1500 and $2000.


September 1896

It was the same story over again Tuesday night. The auditorium was packed with people to see Lyman Howe's moving pictures exhibit. Mr. Howe has as good a machine as is made, as good views as are obtainable, and he strives to please his audience. There are pictures for all tastes, and if you sit in amazement at one picture you will laugh at the next one.


September 1857

Mr. Editor; Cannot the progress of vandalism be stayed, before our beautiful village shall be shorn of half of its attractions? The woodsman has shown his determination not to spare the trees, either on hill or in dale. The strangers who sojourn among us, are already lamenting over the destruction of their favorite walks. Let our citizens see to it that these attractive walks, which are now in decay, be carefully restored and guaranteed to the public forever.


September 1873

John Retting has nearly completed his improvements at the corner of High and Green streets. The old dwelling house, recently used for a bakery has been raised to three stories, and a new front and roof have been put on, entirely changing and vastly improving its appearance.


September 1879

The old soldiers' camp-fire on the village common, Tuesday evening, was quite largely attended. Fires were kindled in the open air, and the large mess tent belonging to Fuller's battery, kindly loaned for the occasion, afforded shelter and seats for the assembled veterans and their friends, among whom were many ladies. Guns were fired in the early part of the evening, and the band furnished music in abundance.


September 1878

A telephone put up by the Brattleboro agents now connects the shops and residences of the Messrs. J. Estey & Co., and another line is being run from Willard's drug store to Dr. Holton's residence and the Vermont Asylum.


September 1889

A horse with Scott & Jones's delivery wagon took fright on Grove street Tuesday and ran past Charles Crosby's house to High street, and from thence to Main street, where the team collided with Bond's coal cart. The horse was considerably bruised, but the wagon only slightly damaged. The coal cart horses ran a short distance and their driver, in his determined attempts to stop them, was thrown down and narrowly escaped being run over.


September 188

J. D. Whitney & Son have put a new six horse Fitchburg engine into their reed shop in Harmony Block, with which they will run their machinery, taking steam from Crosby & Co.'s boiler, the object being to secure a separate and uniform power for their business. They have also bought George Niles's small dynamo and now light their shop with their own incandescent lights.


September 1895

Mrs. Angelica B. Shea, widow of the late Judge George Shea, has made a formal request to the trustees of the school board of the village district, to place on the grounds of the High school a sun dial. This dial was made by Sheehan of New York, and was designed for Judge Shea's private grounds. The foundation for the dial will be laid this fall, and the dial which is a marble slab 28 inches square, will be placed on a granite block with a neat brass inscription plate with the name of the donor. The dial will not be set till spring.


September 1883

Crowell's workmen at Highland park have been engaged this week in building the band-stand, which is a plain structure occupying the height north of the reservoir.


September 1894

Lovers of the succulent bivalve, who are largely dependent upon the Connecticut crop, will be interested to know that the indications are that the present oyster season will yield the greatest harvest in the history of Connecticut oyster growing. It is estimated the harvest will exceed that of 1889, when 1,000,000 bushels were gathered.


September 1837

Steam Saw Mill. Any quantity of Custom Logs will now be received and sawed at short notice and on reasonable terms. Mill and circular saws breasted. Dr. John Wilson.


September 1843

Wanted, 2 or 3 active Young Men as Traveling Agents in the Silk Business. Those who can furnish a capital of from $50 to $100, or good security, will find a lucrative employment. Also, Five or Six Girls to work in Silk Factory. Cocoons purchased or manufactured in a superior manner, on the usual terms. Apply at the Silk Factory of the Subscriber. E. M. Hollister, Brattleboro.


September 1855

The Vermont Central Musical Association met at the Congregational Church in this village on Tuesday, and continued its session three days. The attendance was quite large, showing that a commendable degree of interest in the practice of sacred music still exists in this vicinity.


September 1876

The season for accidents from the careless use of firearms has opened --- or, at least, it came near opening last Saturday, when a stray bullet penetrated the wall of Mrs. Horton's house on Chase street, passing within a few feet of Mr. George Person, who was at work outside. Sportsmen, beware!


September 1893

Policeman C. C. Turner is to be commended for the way in which he handled Gus Wilkins, a fresh young suspender drummer, who made himself obnoxious at the Valley fair dance. When he was told that he would be taken from the hall if he did not desist, he replied, "No d-- Brattleboro cop can run me in." Mr. Turner thereupon seized him and literally mopped the floor with him before taking him from the hall.


September 1842

We are pleased to learn that the attention of our citizens is being called for the establishment of a Public Library amongst us, upon a plan that will meet the wants and wishes of our whole population. The plan proposed here contemplates procuring Books suitable for the aged and middle-aged as well as for the young. Provision will be made for persons in other towns owning shares or having access to it, on reasonable terms. A meeting will be held at Wheeler's hall on Monday evening next to discuss the plan then to propose and adopt measures to carry into effect.


September 1847

There is scarcely a village lot in Brattleboro that is not capable of producing more fruits and vegetables than is wanted for one family's use and requiring so little attention, too, that it should rather be called amusement than labor. Why, then, are so many lots and gardens left unimproved?


September 1881

The petty burglars who operate at intervals on Market block seem disposed to make a clean thing of that building. Last Friday they bored a hole through E. J. Carpenter's back door, pushed back the bolt and entered and carried off about two dollars in small change. The door had evidently been marked by daylight to indicate exactly where to bore. The night previous someone broke into the cigar shop in the basement, and carried off a box of cigars, which was all the goods the shop contained at the time.


October 1897

The first serious break in the trolley wire over the electric railroad occurred on the west side of the Centreville hill about 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and so tightly was the wire drawn that the supporting arms on four poles were broken off and the wire to the house of Carl Hopkins on the east side fell to the ground. As the wire broke it fell in front of a car and was run over and broken again. As all three of the cars were between the break and the power station, it was necessary to procure a team for carrying passengers from the break to West Brattleboro.


October 1902

Every member of the fire department, 103 in all, have been supplied with a new badge, selected by Chief Engineer Sanders. The old badges were heavy and clumsy and most of the members had discarded them. The new badges are of uniform size and design, the pattern being a shield surmounted by an eagle, and the pin is locked automatically. The names and numbers designating the different companies are in black. The new badges are very beat and attractive.


October 1844

Samuel Earl, Esq., Overseer of the Poor in this town, has presented us a mammoth Squash, grown upon the 'Poor farm,' and cultivated by Mr. Ward. Two hills of vines produced 17 large squashes. The three largest weighed 91, 96, and 109 lbs. Several others were nearly as large. They were the kind known as the Cream Squash.


October 1872

Brattleboro is to have a steam laundry. Mr. L. F. Pettee is engaged in fitting up a small building owned by J. Estey & Co., on South Main street, next north of Vinton's machine shop, for this purpose, and will have it completed about the middle of the month. The washing, drying, and ironing apparatuses are of the latest and most approved pattern, and he expects to be able to do work about as cheap and quite as well and can be done by hand.


October 1889

Last Saturday Mr. J. F. Wagen, a leading merchant of Yokohama, Japan, was in town on a visit to the Estey Organ company, to arrange for the sale of their organs in that far away country. After careful investigation, he was satisfied that the Estey instruments were preferable to any others for the export trade. An order was placed with the company, and a large growth of their trade is looked for. The goods will be shipped from San Francisco by sailing vessels.


October 1895

Manager Henkel says he has an apology to make to the patrons of the telephone exchange. The exchange has been deranged since the new double switch board was put in Monday night, some of the lines being dropped out entirely. The call numbers have been changed, and this will cause inconvenience until new call cards are issued, probably within a few days.


October 1895

A pool contest of 800 points was begun at the Brooks House Wednesday evening between Ralph Chamberlain and E. Thomas against the Drislane brothers. On the first round of 200 points the Drislane brothers had a lead of 20. The second round of 200 will be played at the Drislane billiard rooms this evening.


October 1838

Notice. Taken up by the subscriber on the 29th of Sept. last, a dark bay horse Colt, three or four years old. The owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take him away. Geo. Bugbee.


October 1877

The "Secrets" of Putney played a return game of base ball with the Brattleboro Picked Nine on the fair grounds last Saturday -- the score standing 12 for the Brattleboro boys to 11 for the Putneys. The Brattleboro club have accepted a challenge to play a third game with the Secrets at Putney next Saturday for a purse of $25.


October 1894

Two fine trees, an elm and a maple, are being cut down this week on Elliot street, to make room for the new grange building.


October 1894

S. W. Edgett's collection of buffalo robes is said to be an unusually fine and large one for these days of scarcity of the genuine article. Traveling men tell him there are probably not as many more altogether in the state.


October 1843

We have received through the Post Office rather a singular document. It is a list of the names of thirteen Widowers and thirty-nine Widows, residents of this village. From what source it came or for what object it was sent to us, we are unable to divine. We wish that the person who sent us this document had given us some hint as to the use he desired us to make of it.


October 1865

The vexed question in regard to the location of the new schoolhouse on Canal street has finally been settled. The land owned by John Willis has been purchased for $375, containing about an acre of ground. The house is to be constructed, seats &c. arranged similar to the schoolhouse on High street.

1876:
The sidewalk committee have diligently devoted themselves during the past ten days to the duty of superintending the laying of the foundation for Brown's new building near (or in) the brook. The wall is being substantially laid in cement and will undoubtedly stand until the flood of '69 is repeated.


October 1893

The grading about the Canal street schoolhouse has been completed and the turf now being put in place. Mrs. P. Grady is alos having grading done around what was formerly the school building on Reed hill.


October 1842

Operations on the Teeth. Dr. Spaulding continues to perform all operations upon the Teeth with the best materials and in the most durable manner, at his Office one door south of Dutton & Clark's Store.


October 1881

Geo. E. Crowell is engaged in building a large water reservoir on Pratt's hill for the supply of his Forest Square aqueduct.


October 1898

The Brattleboro Evening Phoenix has discontinued publication after a five months' existence. The Phoenix was the best afternoon daily of the quartet that have had their birth in this state within a year past. It was bright, newsy and well-edited and deserved a better fate, but it was too good a paper for the community, it could not support it.


October 1880

J. S. Austin, the champion corn-husker, husked 74 bushels for A. F. Waite one day this week. This is four bushels better than his record on 1876.


October 1886

G. H. Salisbury has recently found sheets of the famous Thunderbolt and Lightfoot pamphlet among his old papers and has done them up for sale.


October 1886

The new lock-up is now substantially completed and will be ready for the entertainment of guests at almost any time. Four good sized cages have been put in, built mostly of material taken from the old lock-up. There is ample room to put in an iron cage, should such a strong box ever be found desirable.


October 1915

The big organ which the Estey Organ Co., built for the residence of Henry Ford, maker of the Ford automobile, was shipped to Michigan Saturday.


October 1915

The Brattleboro Water Works Co. is building a cement dam about 300 feet long at Sunset lake. The dam will be about two feet higher than the old dam of stone and will raise the water in the lake. It has been the plan of the owners of the water works for some time to increase the storage capacity of this lake against the possible future time when the village would increase in population.


October 1891

The boys have the laugh on a certain worthy citizen who drove a crow bar into the ground with the intention of using it for a stake for fastening a cow, and when he struck some substance that offered resistance, renewed his efforts, with the result of forcing a hole in a large water pipe. There was excitement for a time, and there threatened to be a water famine on Clark and Canal streets, but the break was properly repaired before the loss of water became serious.


October 1873

The Indian pond experiment seems to indicate pretty conclusively that our village cannot depend upon that source for their future supply of water.


October 1879

An appeal for aid in the work of Bible distribution was made in Brattleboro churches last Sunday preliminary to the canvas of the town by Mr. A. H. Fuller, the distributing agent of the Vermont Bible Society. The agent has found 101 families without a copy of the Bible. 31 of these families were Romanists and the balance Protestants.


October 1890

Mrs. A. F. Powers has given to the natural history society's collection in the Brooks library three valuable stuffed birds - a turtle dove, pine grosbeak and red-headed woodpecker.


October 1839

The Installation of Rev. Corbin Kidder, as Pastor of the West Church in Brattleboro, is appointed to take place on Wednesday, the 16th day of October inst.


1844

Buggy Lamps. 20 Pairs New style Buggy Lamps, 50 Sett double and single Eliptic Springs, 40 sett extra common Brass bands, this day received by C. Townsley & Son.


1856

At the meeting of the legal voters of this village, on Monday evening it was voted to build five water cisterns within the limits of the village, of a capacity of not less than 150 hogsheads each; and to purchase 800 feet of the best quality hose for the use of the engine companies. It was further voted to raise for the above purpose, a tax of 15 per cent on the grand list of the village, payable on the 1st day of November. The last vote was passed -- ayes, 155; nays, 0.


1872

Mrs. Addison Brown has sold her place on Chase street to O. Bailey, for about $3500, and has gone to reside with her daughter at Watertown, N. Y.


1878

The ground and driveway in front of the American House and adjoining Salisbury's block have been greatly improved by a coat of concrete.


1878

The autumn frosts have touched us but lightly, in many localities the tender vines and flowering garden plants are still bright and fresh, the forest trees either keep their robes of green or are slowly changing them, because they have run their allotted course, for hues of gold and crimson, while for near a month past the days have been one continuous blaze of golden light and softly tempered sun. Let us, country-dwellers, be glad while we may.


1889

Ex-President Hayes, who is on a visit to friends and places of familiar interest in New England, came to Brattleboro Monday afternoon, driving at once to West Brattleboro to visit his cousin, Mrs. Bigelow, at the old Hayes homestead. He remained there until Tuesday afternoon, when he returned to this village, took supper at the Brooks House, and went by the evening train to Newfane, spending the time until Thursday morning with his aunt, Mrs. Austin Birchard, when he returned to Brattleboro and left by the 9:50 train for the south.


1889

Sylvanus Fox was complained of last June for being drunk. He escaped the officers until yesterday, when he was arrested and brought before Justice Newton. He pleaded guilty and was fined $5 and costs.


1895

The hangers for the automatic harness at the engine house have come and are now being put in place.


1895

Ex-Gov. Fuller has bought this week of C. E. Allen a strip of land on Canal street, 60 x 120 feet, adjoining his Pine Heights estate on the west, and through it has built a new front entrance or roadway to take the place of the one from which he was summarily shut off by lowering of the grade of the hill.


1883

The timbers and abutments for the 120 foot bridge which is to cross the ravine in Highland park have been completed, and the work of putting the bridge in place begins today.


1855

A rare bird for these parts, Ardea Herodias, Great Heron was shot by Geo. B. Sargeant, last Tuesday at West River. It being destitute of the white plumage of the crown and the long pointed feathers of the back, shoulders and breast, it was a young bird, as they do not receive their whole plumage the first season.


October 14, 1881

David Downer has the job of constructing the Forest square reservoir for the fire department, and is now at work upon it. It is located near the northeast corner of the square and its dimensions are to be 50 by 10 feet, with 12 feet depth - sufficient, doubtless, for all probably contingencies.


October 14, 1881

The narrow-gauge freight business shows a marked increase of late. Poplar wood for Turners Falls pulp mills, green beech logs for a Northampton basket factory, hemlock bark, granite, soapstones, and potatoes, are the leading items.


October 14, 1891

The new Chinese laundryman is an object of greater curiosity to the young Brattleborean than was the dancing bear that passed through the streets on Tuesday. Wong Lung must have the elements of a good Christian in him to endure patiently the crowd of persistent gazers and hangers-on which continually beset him.


October 1859

Larkin G. Mead is engaged in making a bust of the Hon. Wm. C. Bradley of Westminster. A bust of a distinguished Vermonter by a Vermont man, from Vermont marble is singularly appropriate. By the way, we trust our Legislature will make an appropriation for perpetuating Mr. Mead's statue of "Ethan Allen" in marble.


1875

Barnum's lecture last Thursday evening was about what people went expecting to hear - a string of anecdotes connected (not always very visibly) by a string of common-sense philosophy concerning life and the pursuit of happiness. The audience, finding plenty of plums, were not generally disposed to question the quality of the pudding.


1875

Fred Childs, local agent of the associated press, has done a good thing in establishing a bulletin board at the foot of the stairway leading to his insurance office in Crosby block, whereon he gives the public the most important telegraphic news in advance of the daily papers.


1880

A concrete pavement is being laid the whole width of the street on Elliot street, in front of Market block. Mr. Crosby pays for the material and the town does the work. Mr. Crosby hopes by this means to show the people what good streets it is possible to have.


1886

The welcome fact became publicly known on Wednesday that Mr. William Henry Wells of New York has given the free library the sum of $1000 to be used for the purchase of new books to be placed in the new Brooks library building.


1897

Landlord Wilkins of the American House gave an elegant complimentary supper Tuesday evening to 15 young men of the town. Coon and squirrel were served, with all the desirable accompaniments. The feast was begun at 10 and was not ended until 12.


1897

Rudyard Kipling's "Captains Courageous" published in book form by The Century Co., has been received in Brattleboro this week and is on sale at the store of Clapp & Jones. It contains 325 12mo pages, is printed in large type and is well bound. The book is dedicated "To James Conland, M. D., Brattleboro, Vt." with a well-chosen stanza from Longfellow.


Vermont Phoenix, October 15, 1897

Mrs. Sarah Goodnow gave an interesting talk to her neighbors at her rooms on Washington street Wednesday evening, descriptive of her recent travels and the experiences among the colored population of Florida and other southern places.


1845

Mr. James Herrick and Mr. George W. McMillan were ordained in Brattleboro, Vt., Missionaries to the heathen, under the direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Messrs. Herrick and McMillan have been designated to the Madura Mission, in Southern India.


1874

A drunken fellow named Shaw was arrested last Saturday by officer Eason for an assault upon Orion Clark, and was placed in the lock-up, but dug his way through the brick wall with his jack knife and escaped before the time for trial.


1885

On Tuesday afternoon the police were sent for by resident of the water cure building to take care of a drunken crowd who had gathered in Mrs. Doolittle's room and were making a disturbance which alarmed the other inmates of the building. All were fined for disturbing the peace and not for drunkenness, because there was small chance of finding out where their liquor was obtained, and a fine for disturbing the peace goes into the village treasury, while one for drunkenness goes to the state.


1885

The work of placing the new street signs has begun, and will be completed in a few days. All told they will be about 200 in number.


October 1878

It is announced that Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton of New York, the well-known advocate of woman's rights, will deliver her great lecture on "Our Girls," at the town hall on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 24th. Mrs. Stanton is a lecturer of conceded ability, and as this will be her first lecture in Brattleboro, we have no doubt she will be accorded a large hearing.


1878

J. S. Elliot, the Brattleboro pop-corn man, attended the Jacksonville fair last Thursday and had about $10 in silver coin and a stock of candies valued at the same amount stolen from his wagon some time during the evening.


1895

The hanging harness at the engine house are finally in place, and the horses are being drilled to take their places promptly. The best record for a quick hitch is 18 seconds.


1895

Invitation is again given to all daughters of the American Revolution in Brattleboro and vicinity to meet the Brattleboro chapter at the home of Mrs. Haskins on Terrace street, to-morrow afternoon, Oct 19, from 3 to 5 o'clock. This invitation is intended to include the aged daughter of soldiers of the revolution, whether members of any chapter or not.


1895

A street is being broken on High Lawn, D. S. Pratt's residence section on the south side of Western avenue.


Vermont Phoenix, October 20, 1837

$50 Reward. Stolen from the pasture of the subscriber on Thursday night, a bay MARE, with black mane and tail, shod all around, and marks of the traces on the right thigh, and was 11 years old. A blind bridle with brass nails upon the blinders, was also taken. Whoever will secure the Thief and Mare, shall receive the above reward, or $25 for either.

Noah Bennet.
Brattleboro, Oct. 13, 1837.


1843

New Store and New Goods. The subscriber is now opening his new Brick Store, opposite the Stage House, a large and splendid assortment of seasonable Dry Goods, worthy of the attention of the public as it regards prices and styles. A. E. Dwinell.


1848

That same miserable rascal made another attempt to burn the Catholic Church in this village on Monday evening last. A lot of shavings was stuck through a window and set fire to. The villain whoever he may be, who persists in his fiendish attempts to burn the church should recollect that there is a "fearful looking for of fiery indignation" awaiting him somewhere!


1848

On Wednesday last, a stone weighing about 25 lbs. was thrown from a blast on the Depot grounds in this village, on to the roof of the store now occupied by Messrs F. & L. T. Woodcock. It broke a rafter, and then bounded off without doing further damage.


Vermont Phoenix, Saturday, October 20, 1860.

Earthquake - A slight shock of an earthquake was perceived in this village at about 6 o'clock, a. m., of the 17th inst. By one person who felt it, it was thought to move from Southeast to Northwest.
It was still more perceptible in Keene, N. H., than it was here. Some felt the concussion while in their beds; and one man says that it rung his door-bell.
It extended throughout New England and was more violent in Canada than further south. In some places in northern Vermont, fastened doors were opened by the concussion, and church bells were rung.
At Northfield a church spire was thrown out of its perpendicularity and left standing in an oblique position.


1882

The old brick structure forming a wing of the Valley mill - one wall of which partially tumbled into the brook Wednesday night - is to be rebuilt.


1882

The Selectmen and Mr. Crowell have been carefully looking over the ground on Elliot street this week with a view to the contemplated widening of the street between Dr. Gary's and Crowell's sewing machine shop. The improvement is a much needed one.


1842

We understand that a Mr. French, (a Millerite,) will commence giving a course of Lectures on the Second coming of Christ, at the Methodist Chapel in this village, on Saturday evening next. The First lecture will be "On the Nature, Manner, and Object of Christ's Second Appearing."


1881

Miss M. J. Salter, the blind girl who has been canvassing the town for the sale of her book entitled "The Lost Receipt," desires to express her appreciation of the kindness with which she has been received by our citizens.


1892

The Selectmen have done something which will be universally approved in deciding to make a hitching park on the lot on Frost meadow which is under lease to the town for the stone-crusher plant. There is ample room there to provide for the accommodation of 50 teams. A watering trough is to be put in which will supply water the year round, and a railing erected for hitching purposes. The need of such a public hitching place has long been felt.


1846

The ordination of Rev. A. Huntington Clapp as Pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in this village, took place Wednesday the 14th inst. Mr. Blagden's discourse was an admirable exposition of the relative duties and trails of Pastor and People.


1859

Dr. Blackall of the Lawrence Water Cure will give his attention to practice outside of the Establishment both in and out of town. Dr. B. since his residence in this village, has by his gentlemanly conduct, won for himself the respect and kind regard of the citizens generally.


1880

The transparencies in last Saturday evening's procession won no end of praise, not only for their aptness of the mottoes, but for the artistic manner in which they were executed. It isn't every Garfield and Arthur club that has a Charlie Miller to ply the brush and pencil, and this little fact makes all the difference in the world in the looks of things.


1886

N. T. Ryan bought the old Chapin barn at auction for $24 and will remove it to his lot on Oak street.


1897

A fire started on the mountain Sunday morning, and aided by a strong wind which was blowing from the north, soon spread over a large area. A gang of men from the Retreat were sent in the afternoon to extinguish it, but were unsuccessful in their efforts. By Sunday evening the fire had covered nearly all of this side of the mountain, furnishing a brilliant spectacle to the many people who watched it. Tuesday morning it was still burning.


1885

Edward Edwards has introduced a novel article of manufacture in Brattleboro, having made a large number of toboggans after the genuine Canadian pattern.


1891

The old depot building on the railroad grounds has been leased to G.F. and E.C. Swift of Boston, the Eastern branch of the Swift refrigeration company of Chicago, and work is now in progress to fit it up for a beef house, or a local supply station for the sale of Western dressed meats of all kinds and smoked meats.


1891

W. F. Richardson & Co. have recently bought over 300 lambs at Wilmington, and the flock was driven to Brattleboro this week.


Vermont Phoenix, October 24, 1857

The bridge over the Connecticut River is rapidly approaching a completion, and will be opened for travel in a few days. The new bridge is about four feet higher than the old one. The central pier has been relaid in the most thorough manner. We think both are safe from ice and floods.


Vermont Phoenix, October 24, 1861

A preliminary meeting of the "loyal women" of our village was held on Monday, with reference to acting in concert with the Sanitary Commission, recently established for the relief of our sick and wounded soldiers at the seat of war.


1879

J. S. Brown and wife were pelted with eggs on Elliot street last Thursday evening by a party of young roughs, as they were returning from a temperance meeting. It is not supposed that any responsible person had a hand in the affair, but it was an outrageous occurrence, and one of a kind which is always sure to stir up a public sentiment against the parties engaging in it.


1890

The big and ugly light pole erected on Main street in front of the Herrick & Wyman building proved so objectionable for the property owners, and so unsatisfactory for the company's purposes, that it was taken down on Tuesday morning.


Vermont Phoenix, October 25, 1872

Retting's old building at the corner of High and Green streets is to be raised two feet and a new front of 16 1/2 feet added, bringing it out on a line with his furniture building. A wing will be built, connecting it with the latter, and giving increased accommodations for his business. The old building will be mostly used for tenements.


1889

The third floor of the jelly company's building on Flat street is being fitted up for the use of Thorn & Willis for the hop and burdock tonic and extract business.


October 26, 1877

Brattleboro had its first experience of the wonders of the Bell telephone last Thursday evening, when Mr. A. C. Harvey of St. Johnsbury was in town with several instruments, which he exhibited by attaching them to the wires of the amateur telegraph company, one of the instruments being placed in Chamberlain's hat store and the other in Tripp's jewelry store. Their operation was witnessed and listened to by a large number of citizens. It is probable that one or more parties in the village will rent sets of this telephone and put them into practical operation.


1883

Scales for weighing cars and freight are being put in near the north end of the station platform -- in a place, we are sorry to say, which doesn't indicate that we are to hope for any betterment in the arrangement of the station approaches. The scales are chiefly for the use of the narrow gauge road.


1888

I. B. Thorn has sold his half-interest in the drug store to his brother, E. C. Thorn. The change is made because the sale of hop and burdock tonic and cough cure has increased to such an extent that Mr. I. B. Thorn deems it essential that he should devote his whole time to that part of the business.


1888

The Mather place, containing 50 acres of land, situated one half mile beyond the West village, has been bought of Seneca Howe and son for a town farm. The buildings consist of a two-story house and barn, both slated. It is a very desirable place and will give ample room for the support of the town poor. The price paid is $3250.


Vermont Phoenix, October 26, 1888

We refuse absolutely to repeat the remarks about the condition of the street crossings which the letter carriers have made to us the past week. They are all good boys, and if they grew profane when they saw the mud half-way up to their knees they were excusable and it will never be set against them as a sin. But if the mud was deep for well grown men what shall we say for the school children from five year olds up!

In plain English the condition of the crossings has been outrageous, a disgrace to the village and a reproach to the road commissioners, and it will be so as long as there are men in town who can be hired to go the rounds and shovel them off as often as they need it. It is one thing which the commissioners could help if they would. Everybody swears at us about it, and some day we are going to put some swear words in print.


October 26, 1888

J. E. Jacobs has sold his tea and grocery store to his two clerks, H. C. Clisbee and Frank Reed, who took possession on Monday. Mr. Jacobs has built up an excellent trade and retires only because he finds the confinement too sever for his health. He retains his county tea trade and will keep his teams on the road as usual.


Vermont Phoenix, October 27, 1893

The Brattleboro Retreat has begun work on the erection of a broad porch on the front of the Marsh building. On the lawn in front of administration building a rockery is being built which will make a novel and pleasing landscape effect. The water of the fountain already shoots up through the centre of a five ton piece of solid quartz which was blasted out of a ledge in the park.


Vermont Phoenix, October 28, 1870

The old elm at the corner of Main and Elliot streets, which, previous to its injury by the fire of last year, formed so noticeable an ornament to that locality, has at length been cut down. It was set out by John R. Blake of Boston, the former owner of the premises, about the year 1825. Not alone the bill poster and the early robin will miss its graceful form.


1881

Mr. J. L. Simonds, superintendent of the Bickford Knitting Machine Company's works at Centerville, met with a very serious accident last Saturday. The company's dam was undergoing repairs, and he had walked out to watch the progress of the work, when he stepped on a plank which was tilted and threw him down a distance of 15 or 20 feet on the rocks below. He is now slowly improving, but some time must elapse before his complete recovery.


Vermont Phoenix, October 28, 1887

Martin Austin is preparing to open a blacksmith shop in the Bemis building on Elm street, and will make ox-shoeing a specialty.


Vermont Phoenix, October 29, 1886

The selectmen have opened the new street from Asylum to Oak on which B. Ranger's and Dr. Gregg's houses are located, and it will probably be known as Williston street.

Vermont Phoenix, October 31, 1873

The dwelling house of Mrs. Johanna Keane, on the lane west of Elliot street, has been sold to Patrick Leahey, for $1070.


Vermont Phoenix, November 2, 1894

The hemlock hedge, which has bordered the approach to the main building of the Brattleboro Retreat for more than 50 years, is being removed. While an old landmark is destroyed the change is in keeping with other improvements that have been made on the Retreat grounds during the past few years.

Vermont Phoenix, November 3, 1855

Messrs Leith & Bryant have opened a rich and well selected stock of Broadcloths, Cassimers, Doeskins and Vestings in Blake's Building; and they are prepared to manufacture the same to order in a very superior manner. Their shop is one of the most beautiful localities in this or any other town, and is fitted up with great taste and neatness.


Vermont Phoenix, November 3, 1876

The old oak tree in front of the Felton place on Main Street, which has been standing since a time to which the memory of man runneth not back, has been cut down and is being removed by order of the bailiffs. It stood directly in the sidewalk and its removal can hardly be considered a clear case of tree murder, though many will regret to see it go.


Vermont Phoenix, November 5, 1859

We are happy to report to the Mothers who send their children to the school on Chase Street that the ground in front of the school has been covered neatly with turf, which is an important improvement on that sand bank which was so long the play ground of the pupils. If the Fathers would now cause the high fence, which shuts out the beautiful prospect of the hills and meadows, to be removed, the place would be a tolerably decent one for a school.


1875

The new street running from the Unitarian church to Oak St., is called Grove street.

Vermont Phoenix, November 5, 1875

"Uncle John" Hyde, whom everybody in Brattleboro, and many outside, knew as keeper of our village cemetery, died on Sunday morning last, at the exact age of 81 years and 6 months. May his own peaceful grave ever be cared for with as watchful and eye and as tender a hand as were those which received his own ministrations.


Vermont Phoenix, November 6, 1891

W. H. Child's latest scheme in regard to the mountain road is to have an accurate plan and drawing made of it by Mr. Hines, showing the elevations at successive points, this plan to be reduced to pocket size and engraved for general distribution.


November 6, 1896

Nine young men celebrated Halloween by a trip to the summit of Wantastiquet late Saturday afternoon. Wood and brush were collected into a pile 15 feet high and at 8:30 a match was applied, several gallons of kerosene having first been thrown on the pile. The blaze made a pretty sight from all parts of the village, and was seen at Hinsdale, Winchester and other places where similar fires had been lighted.


November 6, 1896

Election day in Brattleboro passed off as quietly as a Quaker picnic. The perfect Indian summer weather was favorable for a large vote, and a total of 1474 ballots were cast.


Vermont Phoenix, November 7, 1857

Estey & Kathan have removed their Marble Works to the room formerly occupied by Doct. Chapin, first door south of J. Steen & Son's Book-Store, Main St., where they will continue to manufacture everything made from Marble in the best possible manner and at their former low rates, from an entirely new stock of American and Italian Marbles.


November 7, 1861

The Ladies's Soldier's Aid Society of this village will put into the shape of well-knit socks, all the woolen yarn that may be contributed by the farmer's wives and others, whose stock of raw material may exceed their means of converting it into this most essential article for the comfort of our Volunteers. Our young ladies pledge the best endeavors of nimble fingers to speedily place all our soldiers on a comfortable "war footing."

Vermont Phoenix, November 7, 1873

Quite a warm contest is in progress concerning the proposed new street from Western avenue to the west end of Elliot street in this village. A remonstrance, numerously signed, has been gotten up by parties opposed to the road, among them are many of our most influential citizens. The opponents object to the road because of its cost, its alleged uselessness, and its injury to the property of Prof. Charlier, whose grounds it would cross.


Vermont Phoenix, November 8, 1856

On Tuesday evening about half past 8 o'clock, Mr. Charles S. Prouty foreman in the Phoenix Office, was seriously wounded with a knife by Cyrene Bemis. Two deep gashes were cut in his right leg one of which came within an inch of the femoral artery. His clothes were also cut in the breast and back without grazing his skin in those places. Mr. Bemis has left for parts unknown. N. B. The above incident will account for the slight delay in the issue of our paper this week.

November 8, 1872

The Brooks House was well thronged on Tuesday evening by people anxious to learn the result of the election in other states. Dispatches were received until a late hour, and the cheering results, which exceeded the expectations of the most sanguine Republicans, were received with much enthusiasm, and a huge bonfire was lighted at the corner of High and Main streets by way of a celebration.


November 8, 1889

One of the handsomest pieces of permanent work which has been done in Brattleboro during the season just closing is the stone arch bridge recently built by the asylum across the little ravine just off the street which runs from Asylum street around into Forest square. The bridge is built of stone quarried on the asylum estate, solidly laid in cement and surmounted with broad granite copings. The keystones of the arch are also of granite and bear the date "1889." This bridge forms the entrance to a road which it is purposed to build next year up through the interior of the asylum estate, a distance of some two miles, ending at the cottage on the former Capen place, now occupied as a summer home for male patients. A great improvement has been made during the season in removing and leveling the gravel bank on the east side of the road, just beyond the main buildings, and planting it with turf, a substantial railing being substituted for the fence which formerly stood there. These improvements, added to the completion of the square of handsome and substantial farm buildings and the work done upon the tower, complete a year of out door work at the institution which is noteworthy in its results.


November 8, 1895

Beech street is the new name of the thoroughfare running from Union street east below Mr. Crowell's.


Vermont Phoenix, November 10, 1899

A landscape architect, Mr. Baltimore, is at work for the Morningside Cemetery association staking out roads and paths which will divide up the new cemetery. He is being assisted by Mrs. Baltimore, and he expects that it will take him about six weeks to make the plottings, surveys and maps for exhibition and sale.


Vermont Phoenix, November 11,1881

Mr. Richards Bradley is preparing the foundations for a new cottage in the Queen Anne style to be built on his grounds near the entrance from North street. On its completion the cottage will be occupied by his new gardener, who comes here from New Jersey.


November 11, 1887

S. H. Sherman's new house on High street is making rapid advancement, and when completed will be one of the finest residences in town. The plan is Shoppell's No. 300. It will be the first building in town to be warmed by the Gurney hot water system.


Vermont Phoenix, November 13, 1858

Messrs. Arms & Haywood's saloon in this village was broken into Monday night by some vagabonds by prying up the windows in the basement story. They helped themselves to tripe, oysters, pickles, raw beef steak, "etcetrasoforth," to their gizzard's content. They then attacked the money drawer, but to their chagrin, nothing but a few old coppers rewarded them for their trouble.


1874

Spite of the "clussness" in money matters, about twenty new dwelling houses have been put up in our village this season.


1885

It is rarely that Brattleboro has heard so good a piece of news as that which began to be talked about upon the street last evening. We refer to the announcement which Mr. George J. Brooks made yesterday afternoon to a few personal friends of his intention to erect a substantial and handsome public library building on a portion of the Goodhue estate on Main street.


November 13, 1891

It is a rather singular fact that no one is found among the older residents of Brattleboro who recalls distinctly Mr. Thomas Thompson, whose intended beneficence to the town of Brattleboro furnished the subject of our special article last week.


Vermont Phoenix, November 14, 1861

Orderly Elijah Wales, of Company C, from this village, now at the seat of war, is the recipient of a splendid Smith & Wesson's revolver, presented by a number of his friends in Brattleboro, which he desires gratefully to acknowledge.


November 14, 1873

The new tomb at the cemetery will be completed next week. It's capacity will be more than double that of the old tomb, as it measures some 12 by 16 feet and is 9 feet high under the center of the arch.


November 14, 1879

Canal street residents, these dark nights, bemoan the lack of a proper illumination of that thoroughfare, and wish the village fathers might be induced to place a light near Sewall Morse's residence, where the bend in the road renders the lights at the church and school house of no service, and travel in that vicinity unpleasant, if not dangerous.


Vermont Phoenix, November 15, 1856

The new passenger depot for the accommodation of the Vermont & Massachusetts Railroad is nearly finished. It will add much tot he convenience of those doing business with the cars, besides being much more sightly than the one destroyed.


Vermont Phoenix, November 19, 1880

The half-mile race against time, by the bicycle club, which took place on Cemetery hill last Saturday afternoon, brought out a large crowd of spectators and was a highly enjoyable affair, it being the first bicycle race ever witnessed in Brattleboro. The new sport is making quite a sensation in Brattleboro.


November 19, 1897

The initial exhibition of the Edison kinetoscope in this place occurred last evening at the Baptist church, under the auspices of the Christian Endeavor society, and a large audience was pleasantly entertained for nearly two hours. The pictures thrown upon a screen as by a stereopticon, were made vivid and real by the life and action given by the moving figures. The variety of the views was good, including express trains, street scenes, cavalry practice, and humorous scenes.


Vermont Phoenix, November 20, 1891

At last Brattleboro is in it. She has joined the procession of other progressive towns and had a genuine labor strike. The Brooks House dining-room and chambergirls did it. The manager called the girls together in the dining-room and told them they must hereafter enter and leave the house by the rear entrance. This aroused the spirit of free and unterrified individual liberty, and the girls said they'd face the cold and cruel world before they would tamely submit. Just before dinner hour they marched out in a body, "never to return no more."


November 20, 1891

Work has begun on Frost meadow to make an ice skating rink for the coming winter's sport. An embankment is being thrown up to enclose a surface about an acre and a half, which it is proposed to gradually cover with solid ice, the water being brought in an iron pipe from the canal.

Vermont Phoenix, November 21, 1861


The following are the contents of the first box sent to the hospital by the Brattleboro Relief Society: 4 heavy woolen blankets, 2 do. comfortables, 1 heavy blanket shawl, 7 calico comfortables, 1 calico bedquilt, 1 cashmere dressing gown, 3 prs. pillow cases, 2 prs. sheets, 16 prs. cotton drawers, 6 short bed gowns, 9 long bed gowns, 50 prs woolen socks, 9 rolls bandages, 1 box lint, 3 packages Castile and Windsor soap, 1 box fine tooth combs, 2 pillows, 2 Bibles.


Vermont Phoenix, November 23, 186

We understand that the Wantastiquet Hotel Company have in contemplation the purchase of the Chapin property, consisting of the buildings on Main street from the Brattleboro House to High street, and the ground and buildings in the rear for the purpose of erecting a large and commodious building, the upper stories of which are to be fitted up and used as a First Class Hotel, and the lower story for stores.

1877

G. M. Fisk, at the Brattleboro fish market, has a large variety of beautiful sea shells which he thinks are quite fine enough for holiday presents.


November 23, 1888

E. E. Stockwell is laying a wall, which will be 30 feet high when completed, along the south side of Green street near John Retting's, at the point where the earth has been falling away and rendering the road impassable.


Vermont Phoenix, November 24, 1837

The whole number of admissions into the Asylum from December 12, 1836 to Sept 30, 1837, (exclusive of several nervous patients) was 48; of whom 1 has died and 13 have been discharged, leaving in the institution 34. It is certainly remarkable that after being in operation only nine and a half months, there should be 11 cures effected out of 14 discharged, including old cases.


1860

Six building lots on Prospect Hill were sold at auction a few days since by Capt. Wallen - three to A. G. Nourse and three to Eugene Frost - averaging about $100 each.


November 24, 1882

Mr. Geo. E. Crowell, since his recent purchase of land belonging to the estate of the late Isaac Hines, on what is commonly called Hine's hill, for which the very appropriate name of Chestnut hill is now suggested - has caused a survey to be made of the entire hill, with the view of opening it up for building lots, with suitable avenues and cross streets. A reservoir of 2,000,000 gallons capacity is to be located on the hill.


Vermont Phoenix, November 25, 1881

The railroad men hope to give the old station another "set back" to the edge of the bank this time, on Sunday. We will engage to go right on with our prayers, just the same, if the old shell tumbles in.

Vermont Phoenix, November 26, 1897

A gavel which is being made at the Estey organ factories by George A. Hines for the Brattleboro chapter of the society of Daughters of the American Revolution will be, when completed, a valuable souvenir. The materials is a piece of wood which was formerly a part of the old court house at Westminster. The gavel will be elaborately carved and will be mounted with silver.


Vermont Phoenix, November 27, 1885

The new street running from Western avenue to the Elliot street bridge - which has been named Union street - is now practically completed and open for travel.


November 27, 1891

Mr. Day remarked at the Thanksgiving service yesterday on the hospital question, stating that inquiry of most of the Brattleboro doctors had convinced him that there was no pressing need for a hospital as a separate institution.


Vermont Phoenix, November 28, 1884

Callender's minstrels, the genuine colored article, are to play at town hall to-morrow evening. They are accompanied by the celebrated Hyers sisters.

[Charles Callender's Georgia Minstrels, and sisters Emma Louise and Anna Madah Hyers were all black musical reviews]


Vermont Phoenix, November 29, 1872

The granite curbing for Fisk's grave has been laid and the grounds prepared for the monument, which is now in the hands of the artist Mead at Rome. It is to be completed next spring, and will be erected under the immediate supervision of the artist himself. Its height is said to be only nineteen feet.


1895

George Nile's electrical invention at the engine house works very satisfactorily. When the alarm is pulled, it loosens the horses, lights the fire of the steamer, calls the driver, and stops the clock.


November 29, 1895

The retaining wall on Linden street, on the east side of the Retreat lawn, caved in last evening about 9 o'clock with a mighty crash, carrying with it about 30 feet of sidewalk and a portion of the curbing.


Vermont Phoenix, November 30, 1877

Tramps are more numerous than ever, and their number is on the increase. The suggestion that these "travelers" be allowed to make a suitable return for their lodging and breakfast by a few hours' work with the shovel on the embankment in front of the Estey shops, is by no means a bad one.


November 30, 1894

The new incandescent street lights were used for the first time Tuesday. There are 56, replacing all the gas and gasoline lamps in the village with the exception of three gaslights at the Brattleboro Retreat. The new lights give general satisfaction. Residents in some parts of the village unkindly suggest the use of a match in finding the new lights.


November 30, 1900

Labor troubles left the Brooks House without bell boys Tuesday night. Trouble was in the air from early morning, but the boys did not quit until night. In the morning they were told by the proprietor to take some wood to certain rooms on the upper floors. The boys claim that the carrying of wood has always been the fireman's job.


Vermont Phoenix, December 1, 1893

The skaters had the first sport of the season on the ice last Saturday. Visitors to Indian pond report the ice four inches thick there.

[Indian Pond in Chesterfield, New Hampshire]


Vermont Phoenix, December 2, 1864

We are sure that the boys and girls of the village, as well as their fathers and mothers, will be glad to learn that measures have been taken to procure a bell to be placed on the High School building. It is said to be of sufficient size to be heard in all parts of the village, and may serve as a regulator for all schools.


1881

The old railroad station has been moved back to its place on the edge of the bank, and in due course will be converted into a respectable store-house.


December 2, 1892

The Brattleboro Beef company began business on Monday in the quarters which were fitted up in such a complete manner a year ago on the railroad grounds, using the old depot building as a frame work. This is a station of the Swift company of Chicago. Telephone number: 47-3.


Vermont Phoenix, December 3, 1859

About a year since Mr. Asa Wheeler of this town received letters patent for a new and greatly improved kind of skate of his own invention. During the past season he has been engaged in putting machinery into his axe factory and making necessary preparations for the manufacture of these skates. In these improved skates a neat leather casing is buckled over the top of the feet, entirely enclosing the foot from any movement independent of the skate.


1869

This village exhibits a good degree of activity and stir. Drilling and blasting and moving stone, laying walls and abutments, repairing shops and building a dam across Whetstone brook, setting glass and painting, repairing buildings and erecting new ones, constructing sidewalks, &c, gives the appearance of earnestness and determination to repair the damages of flood and fire, and to make substantial and permanent improvements.


December 3, 1897

Twenty-three buffaloes were seen in Brattleboro Tuesday. They occupied two cars and belonged to the estate of Austin Corbin. The animals were docile with the exception of the leader of the herd, "Major Mckinley."


Vermont Phoenix, December 4, 1839

Oysters! Oysters! Cheaper than the Cheapest. Any Gentleman wishing for good Oysters, can have them by calling in at the first door south of the Meat Market, nearly opposite Col. Chase's Stage House. They can be had by the wholesale and retail. Also, confectionary of all kinds, kept constantly on hand and for sale by G. B. Alverson.


Vermont Phoenix, December 4, 1874

C. E. Allen of this place, and Ryan Bros. of Athol have formed a copartnership for the purpose of growing, buying and selling fruit and ornamental trees, under the name of Allen & Co's Vermont Nurseries. Mr. Allen still continues the greenhouse business alone, and has added the past season some 1200 square feet of glass, and now has the largest amount of glass surface for growing plants in the state.


1874

A parcel of boys coasting with a "traverse" sled on High street, Monday evening, in violation of the bailiff's notice, ran into Dr. Dearborn's team, which was standing in front of Dr. Chapin's residence, and the horse being frightened ran home, leaving the buggy a wreck by the roadside. The consequences are a handsome bill for certain parents to pay, and just now a little less sliding on that street.


1891

It has been suggested this week that it would be well to have a railing put on the north side of the sidewalk near Mr. Willis's house on Canal street. If this is not done somebody may take a free toboggan slide down the bank after snow falls, and have a bath in the canal thrown in.


December 4, 1896

E. M. Angier is to move the Esteyville blacksmith shop to face Chestnut street and will convert it into a dwelling house.


Vermont Phoenix, December 5, 1857

The paper on which the Phoenix is now printed is of too dark a color to suit our taste. Our paper-maker has been repairing his mill and he was so delayed that he was compelled to hurry off a lot for us before it was sufficiently bleached. In two weeks more we shall be supplied with a better article. In the mean time the brilliancy of the matter will more than offset the color of the encasement.

December 5, 1879

The Harper's Ferry Jubilee Singers (formerly slaves) are announced to give a concert in Crosby hall on Christmas night.


Vermont Phoenix, December 6, 1856

Strayed or stolen from the subscriber, a large Brindle Bull Dog, with a large white spot upon one side of his head. Whoever will give information or return of said dog to me shall be suitably rewarded. Wm. E. Ryther.


December 6, 1895

The new spiral staircase has been put in this week at the Elliot street engine house.


Vermont Phoenix, December 8, 1848

Engine Company No. 3 tender their thanks to Mr. Bartholomew Garvey and the men in his employ, and all other gentlemen who rendered such prompt assistance in working the Engine, also to those citizens who supplied them so bountifully with Coffee and other refreshments at the fire on Thursday morning, 30th November. - A. J. Hines, Foreman.


1860

The first sleighing of the season was had on Wednesday. About six inches of snow fell the night before, and the weather was of the right temperature to make it compact. The bells rang out merrily keeping time to the clear ringing laugh of the belles. Altogether the effect was not only agreeable but tantalizing.


December 8, 1860

H. L. Franklin has inaugurated a new enterprise for Brattleboro, and one which deserves success. He proposes to leave at every man's door every Saturday a loaf of brown bread and a pot of baked beans, all for 20 or 30 cents according to size. We sincerely hope this enterprise will result in a permanent "institution."


December 8, 1860

Christmas is fast approaching, and those who are intending to supply the fancied wants of the little folks at that time with suitable toys and the like welcome gifts will do well to look at the large and beautiful assortments that are now offered at Carpenter's and Felton's. A very moderate expenditure in this department will carry with it a world of pleasure to many a household.


Vermont Phoenix, December 10, 1859

Throughout the community the minds of the people were saddened at the event of John Brown's execution. Some of the more enthusiastic opponents of slavery proposed the tolling of the bells, which sort of manifestation of public sympathy was not sufficiently extensive to be practical. The Buchanan democracy in this region held their jubilations, and manifested their great glee at the execution.


Vermont Phoenix, December 11, 1891

Mr. Combs is now getting his cigar box business established on Elliot street. Emma Tooley, an expert box maker, comes here from Shelburne Falls to work for him.


December 11, 1891

Tomorrow is the date of C. P. Gibson's large auction, when 25 horses, 50 sleighs, and immense stock of harnesses and $500 worth of whips, robes, etc. will be struck off to the highest bidder at the Elliot street stables.


Vermont Phoenix, December 12, 1857

Just three months from the great fire of September the torch of the incendiary was lighted in our village. About half past eight o'clock, on Saturday evening, the large barn connected with the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, was discovered to be completely on fire. The next morning tracks were discovered in the snow leading from the north end of the barn up the banks, over fences, across roads, through woodlots and into the street where they were lost.


Vermont Phoenix, December 13, 1895

A milk shake of unusual proportions was prepared Tuesday morning near the junction of North Main and Walnut streets, when C. D. Whitman's milk wagon and a trolley car came together. The young driver, being heavily muffled, did not hear the approaching car and drove directly in front of it. The motorman stopped the car as soon as possible. The driver was thrown out but not injured.


Vermont Phoenix, December 14, 1894

Charles Richardson of New York, the well-known summer resident at the Brooks House, had a narrow escape from a bad accident Friday, while riding with three ladies. The sleigh was tipped over near the Ford farm in the western part of the town, and the occupants were thrown out but sustained no injuries.


Vermont Phoenix, December 15, 1860

J. H. Kathan's marble and soapstone works, near the depot in this village, are well worthy a visit. The useful and the ornamental are happily blended in his productions.


December 15, 1865

There are now on Oak street some twenty or twenty-five eligible lots for dwelling houses, and since houses are in such demand, they should not remain vacant.

December 15, 1893

Angelo Gorborino's new steam power corn popper and peanut roaster has attracted the attention of hundreds who have passed the town hall this week, and there has been liberal patronage of the tempting goods which it turns out.


Vermont Phoenix, December 16, 1892

It is doubtful that there is a resident of Brattleboro, who is not aware that a beer-drinking establishment has been running full blast the past season on the New Hampshire side of the river, directly opposite the village. "The brewery" has been the subject of many a jocose remark. Its patronage has been enormous. At almost any time during the day men have been seen going to get their beer.


Vermont Phoenix, December 17, 1859

Paper Mill Pond in this village has been covered day and night during the present week with skaters of all ages, from little boys and girls of six or seven years to men on the wrong side of thirty and women of very indifinite ages, whose steel shoes gleam in the sunlight and in the moonlight, and whose silver voices ring out peals of merriment and delight as they glide over the glare surface.

[Timothy Vinton's paper mill along the Whetstone Brook on lower Canal Street]


Vermont Phoenix, December 18, 1891

The show windows at the different stores about town never presented a handsomer appearance than now, and the displays are all of a holiday character. Among the attractions arranged this week is the Christmas scene at Austin Miller's. Santa Claus and his reindeer still hold forth at Hawley's, and every night the lights gleam forth from the windows and the Christmas bells peal from the belfry of the snow-covered church.

December 18, 1891

The horses of the Estey Organ company's team, driven by A. E. Brown, took fright on Tuesday at a carpet on a line on Brook street, and ran. Mr. Brown was seated on an organ box in such a position that it was almost impossible to control the animals, but he held pluckily to them. When the horses turned the corner to Canal street, the reins broke and Mr. Brown was thrown. The horses continued in their mad career, turned down the Elm street hill, and two of the organs were thrown off near the bridge. The horses were stopped near Smith & Co's shop.


Vermont Phoenix, December 19, 1857

Hard Times. We have received a photograph from J. L. Lovell, of Amherst Mass., formerly of this village, representing a man in a seedy, dilapidated condition, with his last dollar in hand, and that a worthless bill. It indicates the present condition of many persons just at present. The picture, as a work of art, is worthy of all praise.


December 19, 1884

At Batchelder & Flint's confectionary store on Elliot street, special attractions for the holiday trade are offered. Among their large assortment of sweetmeats will be found animals, toys, dolls, panorama eggs, birds, satchels, Cinderella slippers, Helen's babies, banjoes, lanterns, mottoes, fruits, nuts, bonbons, etc. forming a very beautiful and tempting display.


December 19, 1884

Henry Whitacre is building a saw and planing mill near the Elliot street iron bridge, and has the privilege of using the waste water from the old woolen factory.


Vermont Phoenix, December 21, 1888

E. L. Roberts has bought of Wallace Newcomb, for $1000, a cottage house and lot south of the fairground.

[William Wallace Newcomb is listed as a jeweler in Child's Directory for 1884, living at 26 South Main Street with his wife Bessie Louise Houghton, the daughter of photographer George Harper Houghton and Sarah M. Thomas]


Vermont Phoenix, December 22, 1860

A brilliant display of the coruscation's of the aurora borealis took place Saturday evening. Flashes of red light shot up from the horizon throughout the whole extent of the northern hemisphere, while at the same time a bright arch of steady straw colored light arose in the north to an angle of 50 degrees sufficiently bright to cast a shadow.


Vermont Phoenix, December 23, 1881

Telephone connection with Jacksonville, by way of Wilmington, was completed Saturday morning. The Pittsfield operator's voice was heard distinctly at Brattleboro, the distance being 80 miles. For an hour high carnival was held all along the line from Brattleboro to Pittsfield, and there was more rejoicing done by telephone than we have space to put in print, though we heard and joined in it all at the instrument in our office.


Vermont Phoenix, December 24, 1875

Probably no feature of the lecture course will draw better than the lecture to be given next Thursday evening by Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham, whose story of Mormon-life, as repeated throughout the country, has awakened so much interest among all classes. As a lecturer she is said to be very superior.


December 24, 1897

Patrick Manning has sold his pool room in Whetstone block to Charles Brown and C.E. Gould, who have already taken possession. The new proprietors contemplate opening a lunch room in connection with the pool room.


Vermont Phoenix, December 26, 1890

A more perfect New England Christmas day never dawned upon the earth than that of yesterday. The ground was covered with snow, the sun rose bright and clear with the mercury hovering about the zero point, and there was in the whole seeming of nature the genuine crisp and "Christmasy" feeling such as once experienced can never be forgotten.


Vermont Phoenix, December 27, 1895

Miss Ethel Bruce gave a trolley party Tuesday to the members of the primary grade of the Centreville school of which she is a teacher. President Crosby of the electric road endeared himself to the young folk by boarding the car on Main street and presenting each with a bag of candy.


Vermont Phoenix, December 28, 1877

A general feeling of righteous indignation was aroused on Main street, on Wednesday morning, when the fact became known that the large and venerable oak tree standing just outside the sidewalk in front of the High school grounds, had that morning been cut down without leave or license from any authorized person. The tree was an old growth oak, and undoubtably sprung up in the place where it stood years before any man now living was born.


December 28, 1883

Henry Wellman's son Georgie, about 8 years of age, was sliding down cave-bank path Tuesday afternoon, when he lost control of his sled and struck against a post.

Vermont Phoenix, December 28, 1894

Buttermilk flowed in the ditches and covered the highway of High street Tuesday. The buttermilk from the Brattleboro creamery is used at the Waite farm and a six-horse team was drawing a load there, when the wheels struck the ice at the side of the road in turning out and the wagon was overturned, spilling the entire load.


Vermont Phoenix, December 29, 1899

The floor in the barn of Mrs. Lucy Doolittle's place on Western avenue gave way during Saturday night and let four horses fall a distance of five feet. One of the horses had a nail driven into its foot, but otherwise the animals were uninjured.


Vermont Phoenix, December 30, 1887

Mr. Coolidge, the night policeman, thinks the merchants need a nudge about carelessness in leaving their store doors unlocked. he says he has found eleven doors thus left in two weeks.


Vermont Phoenix, December 30, 1898

Three persons have recently been fined for driving "faster than a walk" across the West river bridge. All pleaded guilty and were fined $2 and costs.


Vermont Phoenix, December 31, 1859

At a village meeting duly warned, and held at the Town Hall on Monday evening, it was voted to purchase the building on High street known as the "Old Post Office" for the use of Engine Company No. 3 and to purchase the building now used by Engine Company No. 4, for $500 each. [The residence of the former Brattleboro postmaster Asa Green, on the Green Street height, overlooking High Street hill]


Vermont Phoenix, January 1, 1846

About 11 o'clock on Sunday night our citizens were aroused by an alarm of fire in the lower part of the village. With commendable zeal the Fire Companies happened to the scene of action, but were too late to save from the "devouring element," the Bowling Alley, situated on the road leading to Vernon, about one third of a mile from the village. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary, and attempts are being made to unravel the mystery. Loss about $300. No insurance.


January 1, 1875

Our village police has been reduced to two - Messrs. Warren E. Eason and John Wood. [Warren Eason was Chief of Police in 1882, with seven special officers in the department. He also served as the superintendent at the Chestnut Hill reservoir. Chief Eason was from Leyden, Massachusetts, and lived on Green Street with his wife Caroline A. "Carrie" Johnson]


January 1, 1886

As J. A. Taylor declines to convey the West Brattleboro mail on his coach any longer without pay, the West Brattleboro people are now cut off from connection with the southern mail in the morning, and will get no mail after the Wilmington stage goes up at 1:30 p.m. Some loud grumbling will be in order.


Vermont Phoenix, January 1, 1897

D. P. Prescott has completed a new dam for the Estey saw mill on the Brook road which replaces the one that washed away.


Vermont Phoenix, January 2, 1858

Farmers and others having hides and pelts to dispose of will find a cash market for such productions at J. H. Simond's shop, in this village. While money continues so scarce this is an important item. Shoemakers will find a good assortment of leather at his place of business. Give him a call.


January 2, 1862

The 3rd Company of Sharpshooters raised in this State, recruited by Wm. H. Knight of this village, was formally mustered into the service of the United States on Tuesday afternoon. The company left on the afternoon train to-day for Washington, where they will receive their uniforms and camp equipage.


January 2, 1874

Henry Beauchemin, an insane pauper from Burlington, escaped from the Insane Asylum Friday night, by breaking out from a window in one of the rooms in the fourth story, and letting himself down to the ground. The officers have not yet succeeded in recapturing him.


Vermont Phoenix, January 2, 1891

The children in the north part of the village have been having rare sport this week on the toboggan chute which runs from Mrs. Plummer's grounds on Terrace street to O. D. Estabrook's on Walnut street.


Vermont Phoenix, January 3, 1840

The weather is intensely cold - the thermometer Wednesday morning 10 deg. below zero: - still, it does not prevent Sleigh Rides. Almost while we are writing, a happy party of Young Ladies and Gentlemen, from Mr. Kimball's school, are passing on two large sleighs - and their joyous glee and the music of the bells, makes one forget that Jack Frost is abroad.


January 3, 1896

About 500 people gathered on Elliot street Tuesday evening, expecting to see the test in responding to the fire alarm, but it was postponed until the following evening, when the time in releasing the horses, hitching, and starting the fire and reaching the corner of High and Main streets was one minute and 17 seconds, while in seven minutes and 45 seconds after the alarm sounded the steamer was throwing a sizable stream of water.


Vermont Phoenix, January 7, 1870

There was a splendid display of the aurora borealis early on Monday morning, Jan. 3rd, which with its bright rosy coruscations of light streaming up through a dark cloud in the northeast, illuminated the heavens with an uncommon brilliancy, and attracted the notice of those who were awake at that early hour.


January 7, 1887

Work on the toboggan slide was finished yesterday morning, including the platform and house at the top, and the laying of 850 feet of pipe in a box from the spring above to bring water to dampen the chute and cover it with fresh snow as needed. The formal opening will take place tonight when the track will be lighted by torches and a big bonfire at the foot, while hot coffee will be served at the top.


Vermont Phoenix, January 7, 1887

D. Leonard, the job printer, completed yesterday the printing and shipping of an order for 3,000,000 orange wrappers for a concern in California. The paper, which is a special kind of manila known as fruit paper, was made by Wm. Robertson of Putney. This is undoubtedly the largest order for printing ever filled in this town


Vermont Phoenix, January 8, 1859

We have the pleasure of announcing the success of the gasworks in this village. On Friday evening, at the Hydropath Ball, the Town Hall was brilliantly illuminated by gas lights, then for the first time put into operation. During the present week quite a number of the buildings on Main street have been lighted by the same material. The gas fitters have been at work night and day, and as fast as the fixtures are in the gas is let on.


Vermont Phoenix, January 8, 1897

The familiar pine which has stood for many years on what is now H. E. Bond's homestead, at the point of the triangle near the Wells fountain, has fallen a victim to the woodman's axe. The tree was ruined by being used as a stay for telephone or electric light poles. It was a piece of needless vandalism, and the tree will long be missed and regretted.


Vermont Phoenix, January 9, 1862

A visit to the encampment of the 8th Tuesday morning convinced us that a regiment of troops can be encamped here in Vermont in the middle of winter without detriment or without serious inconvenience. The men appear to enjoy themselves in camp. There are now six companies in camp, viz: Those recruited in Hydepark, Derby, Bradford, St. Johnsbury, Worcester and St. Albans. We expect to see the regiment full in the course of the next week.


January 9, 1874

William Luby, for many years a patient at the Vermont Insane Asylum, was instantly killed last Friday by the falling of a tree, while at work with a gang of patients on one of the Asylum wood lots in Dummerston. [William Luby was born in Ireland in 1826, was single, and died aged forty-seven.


Vermont Phoenix, January 10, 1845, Page 3.3

Wantastiquet Hall.---

The Proprietor of the Vermont House, kept by Capt. Lord, has recently erected in connection with that establishment, a spacious Hall, which has received the sobriquet of Wantastiquet Hall. Wantastiquet is we believe, the Indian name of the place where our village now stands; and we are glad to see it preserved.


The Hall was opened on the evening of the 1st instant by a Cotilion Party, and was most merrily christened and consecrated to joyous and happy gatherings, by music and the witching dance.


The Hall is 68 feet long and 30 wide, and is well finished, warmed and ventilated, and will we doubt not furnish a point of attraction to many a party of pleasure, both from in and out of our own town.


We understand too, that it is to be well provided with moveable seats, and opened for lectures and other public meetings. Our village has long needed a more spacious and airy room for such purposes than either of our present Halls, and its convenience will be highly appreciated by all.


Vermont Phoenix, January 11, 1895

The rear half of the first floor in I. B. Taft's four story building on Flat street collapsed between 4 and 5 o'clock Tuesday morning under the weight of 200 tons of grain and salt. There was a loud crash which was heard by several persons. This floor was occupied by the Valley Grain company. Those familiar with building construction were loud in their condemnation of the structure.


Vermont Phoenix, January 11, 1895

A representative of the firm D. L. Miller & Co., of New York, has been in town this week to look over the ground with a view to making a wall map of this village and West Brattleboro, on the scale of 250 feet to the inch. The plan is to show every business building and private estate, with the location of sewer, water, and gas mains, etc., the execution to be in colored lithograph.


Vermont Phoenix, January 12, 1894

O. M. Whitney took a cold water bath Sunday, when he fell through a hole which had been cut in the ice at West Brattleboro where the water was 15 feet deep. Albert Smith pulled him out. [Orlin M. Whitney was born into the old Brookline, Vermont family on August 18, 1843, the son of Daniel E. Whitney and Achsal Ranney. He was a Union veteran who served with the 9th Vermont Infantry].


Vermont Phoenix, January 13, 1843

The small Bridge across a branch of the Connecticut River, over which the travel passed which enters our Village from the East, was carried off by the freshet on Tuesday of this week. The ice damming up against the large bridge, forced the water and ice through this eastern branch in such quantities and with such force, as to undermine and tear away the western abutment of this small bridge.


Vermont Phoenix, January 13, 1865

Wanted. A few travelers are wanted on the new street from Chase to High street, running under the hill, and built by Isaac Hines, to keep a path open.


Vermont Phoenix, January 14, 1847

It appears by the census recently taken by Mr. F. H. Fessenden, that the number of inhabitants in this Village on January 1 inst., exclusive of the patients at the Insane Asylum and Hydropathic Establishment, was 1988, being an increase of 138 in the last year, and 368 in two years.


Vermont Phoenix, January 14, 1876

The "boss" sled of the season is undoubtedly one that Henry Pettes and Larkin Amadon, clerks for C. F. Thompson & Co., have built at odd times, and which now only awaits a fall of snow to make its prowess known. It is a very handsome and substantial piece of work.


Vermont Phoenix, January 15, 1869

Michael Egan and Richard Fleming were fined $10 each and costs by Justice Newton, on Thursday of last week, for the luxury of indulging in reminiscences of old Ireland on the evening previous. Not a "tree" fight surely.


Vermont Phoenix, January 15, 1892

Boys of highly respectable parentage have made themselves obnoxious on Green street by throwing stones and other missiles at houses. Last evening one of them went so far as to break two panes of glass in the windows at one house. The act was seen by two or more witnesses, so the offender is fully known. He should now be given a chance to reform at home, or go to the reform school.


Vermont Phoenix, January 15, 1892

The bidding was far from active at the auction sale of the Ross White property on Tuesday and the prices realized were much lower than had been generally expected. The Elm street paper mill, with the land, buildings and most of the machinery, was bought by P. Fleming for $3950.

Vermont Phoenix, January 16, 1891

A horse hitched near one of the Main street letter-boxes, and lunching with evident enjoyment off a package of newspapers laid on top of the box for mailing, caused a ripple of amusement to street passengers a morning or two ago.


Vermont Phoenix, January 17, 1873

Wells Goodhue, Esq., has sold his residence to Hon. B. D. Harris. Price $20,000. This place is located on Main street, and is one of the most desirable in town. [Broughton Davis Harris]


Vermont Phoenix, January 17, 1890

At the house of Capt. F. W. Childs on Tuesday evening a small gathering was very profitably entertained by listening to Commander A. D. Brown's address on "Time, or how our clocks and watches are kept correct." The address was the presentation of some extremely interesting astronomical and scientific facts and a description, illustrated by charts, of the delicate and complicated machinery used in taking the observations from which our standard time is regulated. [Frederick W. Childs and Commodore Alan D. Brown]


Vermont Phoenix, January 18, 1849

Another case of small pox has occurred in this town, in the family of Mr. Newman Allen, about a mile north of the village, on the Newfane road. No intercourse is allowed between the family of Mr. Allen and other citizens.


Vermont Phoenix, January 18, 1877

This idea of "protection to animals" is all well enough, and the horse is a noble animal; but when one of them plants himself directly across a street crossing, and hasn't the politeness to budge an inch when you wish to cross, your admiration of the animal somehow oozes out, and you long for the organization of a Society for the Promotion of Good Manners among Horses and Common Sense among Horse Owners.


Vermont Phoenix, January 20, 1882

Oscar Wilde ought to have a ride in N. H. White's "1756" sleigh. It is as gay as a sunflower, and an "esthetic" imagination might easily see in it the limp lily for so dear to Oscar's heart.


Vermont Phoenix, January 20, 1893

The first coasting accident of the season occurred yesterday when Michael Devine was knocked down on the Elm street hill by a traverse filled with boys. Mr. Devine was unconscious for some time after the accident, and was carried to his home on Vernon street.


Vermont Phoenix, January 21, 1847

A Desirable Farm For Sale, in Brattleboro, Vt., The subscriber will sell his Farm in Brattleboro, consisting of about 140 acres of good Land, with suitable and convenient Buildings. Amongst other advantages, it has upon it a good apple orchard - young trees of select ingrafted fruit, and a thrifty sugar orchard. Elisha Prouty.


January 21, 1860

A large number of buildings will probably be erected in the southern portion of the village, on the hill opposite the cemetery, during the coming season. Many of our enterprising mechanics have purchased building lots on which they will place neat and substantial edifices. This location bids fair to be one of the most desirable in our very pleasant village.


January 21, 1887

I. B. Thorn and D. Leonard have formed a copartnership, under the style of "The Thorn Hop and Burdock Compound Company," for the purpose of making and pushing the sale of Mr. Thorn's hop and burdock compound, together with his cough cure and hop and burdock plasters.


January 21, 1898

The Free Library has had nearly 125 volumes of new books placed upon its shelves this week through the generosity of Miss Julia Chester Wells of New York whose name, in connection with that of her father, will long be remembered by patrons of the library.


Vermont Phoenix, January 22, 1886

The idea is suggested that, with the incoming of a new postmaster at this place, the time would be a favorable one for the introduction of street letter boxes in various parts of the village where letters could be deposited by those living in the vicinity, and their contents gathered up at stated hours of each day and taken to the post office for mailing.


Vermont Phoenix, January 23, 1858

J. B. King of Shelburne Falls, arrived in our village on Wednesday in a sleigh drawn by four Newfoundland dogs. This turnout attracted the attention and excited the admiration of a crowd of lookers-on. These dogs are well trained and are capable of travelling forty or fifty miles per day if the roads are in good order.


January 23, 1862

The market is fairly glutted with snow. Full fifteen inches of the article have been thrust upon the market during the last seven days, mostly in installments, much after the style of continued stories in the New York Ledger. We have now a winter's stock on hand, and as soon as it is well pathed the wood-drawer's voice and the merry jingle of sleighbells will mingle in a not unpleasant symphony.


Vermont Phoenix, January 23, 1874

Henry Burnham has bought the old Unitarian church. he will probably have it moved back on to his lot, convert it into a shop, and have the old one removed.


Vermont Phoenix, January 24, 1840

For Sale, at Chas. C. Frosts's Sign of the Golden Boot, north-end Hall's building, India Rubber Shoes, of superior quality, Blacking, in liquid, paste and powder; Waterproof paste, which renders leather impervious to water; Boot and Shoe Kit, Pegs, &c.


January 24, 1840

Why can't people put bells on their horses when snow is on the ground? One might as well attempt to dodge 'chain lightning' as avoid sleighs in full speed without bells. Where is now the benefit of a Village Corporation if we do not see to this?


January 24, 1861

James Fisk, Jr. of this village, and H. D. Smith of South Adams have formed a copartnership in the silk and shawl trade, and will run their splendid peddling wagons through New England states in time to come.


Vermont Phoenix, January 24, 1890

Cassie Timson, aged four and a half years, picked some arbutus this week in the pine woods near her home in Esteyville. The blossoms were as fresh and fragrant as in May.


Vermont Phoenix, January 25, 1895

The farmers who have been accustomed to cut a few hundred railroad ties every winter are much disappointed to find that the demand has fallen off almost entirely. The reason of this falling off is that the railroad can buy cedar ties from New Brunswick at 28 cents delivered in Boston, when they have paid 45 cents for chestnut ties in the Connecticut valley.


Vermont Phoenix, January 26, 1849

Mad Dogs - Another Warning. We are resolved it shall not be our fault, that the citizens of this place to not awake to the danger of their situation, until some of them become victims of the dreadful disease of Hydrophobia. We have brought to their notice, from week to week, the instances that are occurring around us. Yet the citizens of this place listen and look on with incredulity or indifference, and many of them even treat with ridicule the apprehensions we have sought to awaken.


January 26, 1872

The new steam gong of Messrs. Estey & Co. is decidedly musical, and a notable improvement upon the whistle which it displaces.


January 26, 1883

A ten-year old boy living on Western ave was coasting a few days ago when his sled, coming down the hill near A. E. Doolittle's too rapidly to be stopped, shot across the street between the fore and hind legs of a passing horse without injury to boy or horse. But the youngster suddenly lost interest in the sport.


Vermont Phoenix, January 26, 1894

L. A. Fales horse on Wednesday night, becoming tired of his quarters, unfastened his halter, opened the barn door and started on a trip of exploration on his own hook. He was found the following afternoon on Prospect Hill.


Vermont Phoenix, January 27, 1843

On Wednesday night last about half past ten o'clock, the coal in the coal house adjoining the blacksmith shop belonging to Capt. Root, situated near the paper mill, in this village, and occupied by Hines & Newman, was discovered to be on fire. It was however put out before much damage was done.


Vermont Phoenix, January 28, 1898

A team owned by an Ashuelot man dashed out Elliot street Tuesday afternoon and started rapidly down the Main street hill. Raymond Elmer, who was near the top of the hill, managed to jump into the sleigh and then by hanging over one side like a trick circus rider he reached the reins which were dragging on the ground. He soon had control of the horse.


Vermont Phoenix, January 29, 1859

On Monday evening last the saw and grist mill belonging to Elroy Stoddard and situated in the west part of town, about four or five miles from this village, was discovered to be on fire, and before the flames could be arrested was wholly consumed.


January 29, 1886

A man of about 35 years, named Gregory, who created a sensation in Crosby block last Friday by calling on Dr. Putnam and asking to have his head opened and the rust scraped-out, was examined by Drs. Conland and Webster, pronounced insane and committed to the asylum, showed rapid recovery from his bewildered state of mind, and yesterday was taken home by a brother.


January 29, 1886

Some of the boys are moving for the erection of a toboggan slide in Brattleboro, and have already gotten the promise of $200 for the purpose. The proposed location is in the Goodhue pasture, now owned by Mr. Crowell, the 30-foot elevation for the send-off to be built near the large chestnut tree.


January 29, 1892

Travelers up the Canal street hill were entertained by the sight of a half-grown cosset lamb which evidently enjoyed the coasting as much as the boys. When placed on the front end of the traverse, the lamb laid himself down comfortably, "took in" the swift ride down the hill, and then with a complacent "b-a-a," shook himself and trotted back up the hill to do it over again.


Vermont Phoenix, January 29, 1892

At the annual meeting of the trustees of the Brooks library, held on Wednesday evening, it was voted to accept the collection of shells belonging to the estate of the late Admiral Greene, if the collection is tendered, as has been proposed by his son, and to provide suitable cases for the accommodation and exhibition of the specimens.


Vermont Phoenix, January 31, 1861

The Lawrence Water Cure in this village has recently changed hands. The Davisons, nominal proprietors, have exchanged the establishment according to report, with a New York gentlemen for property in that city. It has been heretofore an unprofitable concern for all who have had anything to do with it, but we hope the time is coming when its management will be profitable and pleasant to all interested.


Vermont Phoenix, January 31, 1873

The cigar manufactory of Messrs. Leonard & Ross, which was established here some three or four years since, has come to be one of our most flourishing "Institutions." 30-40 hands are employed, one-third of whom are girls. Their occupation consists of stripping the stem from the leaf, and their wages are from $7 to $10 per week. The men employed are mostly Germans, and they earn from $18 to $30 per week, according to skill. About 30,000 cigars are made weekly.


January 31, 1879

The sympathies of the whole community go out to Mr. and Mrs. John Roess in the sad and sudden death of two children from scarlet fever, while a third child lies dangerously ill from the same disease.


Vermont Phoenix, January 31, 1890

Few similar events in this community have caused so universal a feeling of sadness and quick and sincere sympathy as has the death of Mrs. L. F. Adams, which took place Monday morning, leaving five little children motherless, the youngest born after her seizure with the fatal attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Adams was the youngest surviving daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crosby. All that human love and helpfulness can do for the sorely stricken family is freely given.


Vermont Phoenix, January 31, 1839

One of the most disastrous freshets which has been known in this region for many years occurred on Saturday last. The damages to bridges and mills has, we learn, been great. Willard's toll bridge across West River in Dummerston was swept away, and also several other costly public bridges on the same stream.


Vermont Phoenix, February 4, 1848

We have recently witnessed a most successful and surprising instance of the benefits of Chloroform. Dr. Farwell, our new neighbor, administered it to a lady of Bernardston, and extracted seventeen teeth under its influence. The lady declared that she did not experience the slightest pain.


Vermont Phoenix, February 4, 1876

The public announcement that our board of selectmen had decided to locate and approve the much-talked-of Cave Bank road has been received with profound astonishment by a vast majority of our citizens. Our selectmen exhibit either a very rare degree of moral courage, coupled with firm reliance on their own superior judgement, or else such utter contempt for public opinion, unmistakenly manifested in many ways, as fairly to challenge admiration for boldness, if not for discretion.


Vermont Phoenix, February 6, 1874

Perly Downer has sold his house on Washington street to E. S. Stuart, and is preparing to build a new one on the corner of Birge and Canal streets.


Vermont Phoenix, February 6, 1885

The Valley Mill company has sold 400 tons of hay in the last six months, 300 tons of it to customers in this immediate vicinity. A pretty good indication of the shortness of the local hay crop last season. Most of this hay comes from the West.


Vermont Phoenix, February 7, 1896

The senior town auditor unwittingly locked an Oak street matron into the vault in the town clerk's office in the town house while the visitors were inspecting the building on Saturday. Being informed of the fact he gallantly determined to set matters right and not being able to find the combination of the vault door he got a ladder and released his prisoner by way of Col. Haskin's fire proof window.


Vermont Phoenix, February 8, 1839

Lyceum - In consequence of the engrossing interest of the subject for discussion, the Lecture will be postponed until Tuesday evening Feb. 19th. Subject for discussion, Tuesday evening Feb. 12th - Ought the practice of the Thompsonian system of Medicine be encouraged? Dr. Gilbert is entitled to the floor, and will commence the discussion. [Dr. Daniel Gilbert]


Vermont Phoenix, February 9, 1844

The Selectmen of Brattleboro will meet at R. Goodenough's Inn on Thursday the 15th instant. All persons having demands against the town are requested to present them on that day for settlement. [Roswell Goodenough]


February 9, 1872

The firm of Cune & Brackett, dealers in ready made clothing, has been dissolved after and existence of more than 20 years. Mr. W. P. Cune, the retiring member, is one of our oldest merchants, having been engaged in business here most of the time since 1832.


Vermont Phoenix, February 9, 1900

A freight elevator was demolished in Estey Organ factory No. 3 Wednesday. The elevator was started accidentally when a heavy truck was only partly upon the elevator. The truck was caught between the floors, causing the wrecking of the elevator and dumping of the truck load in the elevator pit.


Vermont Phoenix, February 10, 1855

Ben K. Chase, Jeweler in Cutler's Block, has just set up a Regulator which, governed by transit observations, will give the standard time of Brattleboro. This time is 5 minutes 31 and four tenths seconds slower than Boston time - a difference which those who travel on the Railroads will do well to note.


Vermont Phoenix, February 10, 1865

Fourteen men arrived at the Hospital in this place on Friday last, all Vermonters; and last Wednesday one reported himself here from Andersonville, Georgia. On Thursday morning 25 left for the front.


Vermont Phoenix, February 10, 1865

We understand that the Centre Church pews, 122 in number, have all been rented. They were appraised so as to bring in an income of about $2100, the prices ranging from $3 to $37.50 each. They were mostly taken at appraisal; some, however, went a little higher. This mode of raising money for religious societies is becoming quite common.


Vermont Phoenix, February 11, 1870

In accordance with arrangements made by the Vermont Women's Suffrage Association, a Convention will be held at the town hall in this village during the first week in March. Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Frank Sanborn of the Springfield Republican, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe and Mrs. Mary A. Livermore of Boston, and Mrs. Lucy Stone Blackwell are engaged as speakers.


February 11, 1870

We are glad to notice that the bridge across the Connecticut to the island is well under way. The timbers from the west side to the pier are nearly or quite laid, and if the weather should be favorable for ten or twelve days, we shall find ourselves again united with the Granite State by wooden ties which we hope will be enduring.


Vermont Phoenix, February 11, 1887

Among the projects in the line of improvement for the coming year understood to be favored by the town authorities are the strengthening of the West river and Lamson mill bridges, and improvements upon the town hall. In regard to the latter the present plan is to put in steam apparatus for heating the building, to relay the floor of the hall in hard wood, and to utilize the room now occupied by the library by running a hallway through the centre in continuation of the present one.


Vermont Phoenix, February 12, 1897

E. R. Thayer, the town hall janitor, who is one of the special policemen, had two bones of the hand fractured in the melée at the Brooks House last Thursday night. [Constable Everett R. Thayer is cited in the Vermont Phoenix for April 27, 1906 for being one of six men in a local pursuit.]


Vermont Phoenix, February 13, 1891

The Estey saw mill on the Brook road, owned by the Estey Organ company, was burned last Sunday afternoon between two and three o'clock. There was no telephone in the vicinity, so that it was necessary for a man to mount a horse and ride to the Estey shops before a general alram could be given.



Vermont Phoenix, February 13, 1891

The New York Press gave a portrait of Mary Howe, and a sketch of her life and in the course of study she has pursued. In the course of the sketch the writer says: "She is said to sing one note higher than any vocalist living, taking high F with an ease and a purity of tone absolutely phenomenal."


Vermont Phoenix, February 15, 1878

The town auditor's report, now in the hands of the printer, shows that the total cost of grading Green street, including the rock cutting at the top of the hill, near Mr. Charlier's residence, was only about $5,500, of which $1,500 is covered by the district highway tax, leaving only some $4,000 chargeable to the town, all of which has been paid for. Who says the money has not been well invested?


Vermont Phoenix, February 16, 1838

At the request of a number of the Citizens of Brattleboro, the Choir of Singers belonging to the Society of the Rev. Chas. Walker will repeat their Concert, given a few weeks since, on the evening of Monday the 26th inst., at the Meeting House of said society. This House will be open for auditors at 1-4 past six o'clock, and the music will commence precisely at 7. Tickets to be had at Col. Chase's Bar, and at the Bookstore of Mr. J. Steen, or admittance paid at the door.


February 16, 1849

Tuesday last was a day long to be remembered by the citizens of Brattleboro and its vicinity. On that day, the Iron Horse made his first appearance in our village, and was hailed with delight by a large concourse of people assembled to welcome him; on Tuesday next, he commences his regular visits.

Vermont Phoenix, February 16, 1883

The Brattleboro military band and orchestra, which is to furnish the music of the military ball to-night, comprises some exceedingly good-looking men, if we may trust the frame of well executed photographs made by Wyatt & Phillips, which is on exhibition at Willard's to-day.


Vermont Phoenix, February 18, 1847

The ladies of the Brattleboro East Society, will hold a Fair at Wantastiquet Hall, on the third day of March next, when will be offered for sale a variety of both fancy and useful articles. There will be a Post Office connected, where all persons desirous, can be accommodated with letters from their friends in any part of the United States. The celebrated Bishop Glee Club, will entertain the company with some of the choicest music. Refreshments of all kinds will be provided, among which will be a loaf of cake containing a Gold Ring. Admittance 12 1/2 cents.


Vermont Phoenix, February 18, 1860

We understand that the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company are making arrangements for a new brick station-house in this village, to succeed the remains of the late frail, unsafe, and uncomfortable structure erected in the snow in 1849. The old building has been partially burned at two different times, to the manifest danger of other property.


Vermont Phoenix, February 18, 1887

Samuel Simkoveze, the well known Jew peddler, is about to open a clothing store in the basement of Vinton's block.


Vermont Phoenix, February 18, 1887

Crosby & Co. have the plans practically completed for there new three-story building to be erected on the old foundry site. Work will begin as soon as the spring opens.

The toboggan chute comes to a prosaic and practical end in its sale, for something less than $100, to Crosby & Co., who will use the lumber in their new building to be erected on the old foundry site.


Vermont Phoenix, February 20, 1858

A fire occurred in a dwelling house in West Brattleboro, on Friday night of last week, belonging to Cromwell Carpenter, but occupied by one Staples. The occupant undertook to smoke some bacon in the wood-shed during the evening and left the fire to take care of itself; the destruction of the building was the result.


Vermont Phoenix, February 20, 1862
Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P. B., is to Lecture in the Town Hall this (Thursday) evening. Subject: "The Humorous Phases of the War." Doesticks, alias Mortimer Thomson, has by personal intercourse and examination rendered himself familiar with many scenes and events connected with the war and its management that do not find their way into the columns of a newspaper.

[Mortimer Q. Thomson (1832-1875) was an American journalist and humorist who wrote under the pseudonym Q. K. Philander Doesticks---Queer Kritter Philander Doesticks, Perfect Brick. He attended Michigan University in Ann Arbor, but was expelled along with several others either for his involvement in secret societies, or for "too much enterprise in securing subjects for the dissecting room." As a correspondent for the New York Tribune he wrote a report on the Pierce Butler slave sale in Savannah, Georgia in 1859 that was subsequently published as a tract by the American Anti-slavery Society and translated into several languages.]


Vermont Phoenix, February 20, 1891

Col. L. K. Fuller has recently introduced a very perfect system of lighting into his house. It is a storage battery system, charged from a dynamo at the factory,


Vermont Phoenix, February 21, 1873

Mr. Wells Goodhue and wife, being about to remove from their old residence on Main street, gave a grand reception on Tuesday evening last, which was attended by over one hundred guests.


Vermont Phoenix, February 21, 1873

Father St. Onge, our new Catholic priest, promises to deliver at the town hall, on St. Patrick's day, March 17, a public lecture descriptive of his eight years' residence among the Snake Indians of Oregon.


Vermont Phoenix, February 25, 1876

Do not fail to remember the exhibition of Jarley's Wax Works at the town hall on Monday evening next. The programme includes music by the Brattleboro orchestra and we do not doubt that the personations of the wax figures will be entertaining and amusing. [Mrs. Jarley's Wax Works was a humorous play in 1873, named for a character, Mrs. Jarley, in Charles Dickens' novel "The Old Curiosity Shop"]


Vermont Phoenix, February 25, 1898

An arc light has been placed at the corner of Myrtle and Spruce streets, but residents of Western avenue and Cedar streets are making anxious inquiries in regard to the incandescent lights which the bailiffs were reported to have voted to place at the corner of those thoroughfares.


Vermont Phoenix, February 26, 1886

A small sensation was caused at the Brooks House on Sunday evening by the sudden bursting into flames of J. G. Cook's barber's chair. The fire was doubtless caused by drops of burning alcohol falling on the chair from the wick of a spirit gas lighter which a bell-boy had used just before.


Vermont Phoenix, February 26, 1886

Mike Dundan has bought the old Goodhue house and is taking it down preparatory to removal to make way for the Brooks library building. A part of it will be used to build him a new house in place on the one lately burned.


Vermont Phoenix, February 27, 1874

A new barber shop has been opened in the Revere House by Henry Guellow.


Vermont Phoenix, February 27, 1885

Leonard and Roess have this week got their hydraulic elevator completed and in full working order. Its lifting power, which comes by direct pressure from Mr. Crowell's waterworks, is about 1500 pounds.


Vermont Phoenix, February 28, 1857

The Brattleboro Cornet Band, we are requested to say, propose giving a Concert at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening, March 10th, under the direction of Mr. Alonzo Bond, of Boston, the well known leader of "Bond's Cornet Band," whose wide reputation as a musician renders comment by us upon his merits superfluous. After the Concert, the floor will be cleared for the benefit of those who are desirous of showing their agility by "tripping the light fantastic toe."


February 28, 1861

Among the patents issued from the Patent Office on the 19th inst., was one to C. H. Denison of Brattleboro, for an improved felloe machine. This machine is designed and used for rounding the inner surface of felloes between the mortises or holes where the spokes are inserted, and it will do the work better in one hour than can be done by hand in a day. [Charles H. Denison, born March 1, 1819, died December 13, 1898]


February 28, 1868

David Wood, our first cabinetmaker and undertaker, lived first in West Brattleboro where he became a member of the church. He died today, aged eighty-six.


Vermont Phoenix, February 28, 1896

The new vault is complete for the town records. The St. Louis Metal Art company have placed in the vault a set of shelves, drawers and lockers of modern design. In place of the shelves for books are iron rolls, which are very convenient and save wear and tear of books. The lockers are dustproof and the file drawers are so arranged that the papers in them stand upright.


Vermont Phoenix, March 1, 1839

The gentleman who has for some time past furnished the principal part of the editorial articles for this paper, will cease to do so after the present week; and he will not therefore be responsible for any thing which appears in any future numbers.


March 1, 1856

The annual meeting of School District No. 2, which comprises the village of Brattleboro, was held at the central School House, on Tuesday evening. It was voted to purchase a set of Outline maps for each of the primary Schools at an expense not to exceed ten dollars each, and resolved that the District deem it expedient to build a new School House on Green or High street.


Vermont Phoenix, March 1, 1878

Here is a cat and mouse story which we have every reason to believe is true. On Tuesday afternoon a maltese cat belonging to Francis W. Taylor, who lives on W. F. Richardson's farm, caught seven full-grown mice in succession without dropping any of them from her mouth till the whole seven were dispatched. The mice were in a box of oat chaff, and after taking care of the seven, pussy returned to the fray and disposed of five more in the same way.


Vermont Phoenix, March 2, 1877

Trotting on the ice on the Connecticut just above the mouth of the West river has furnished no end of amusement to many of our citizens during the past few days. On Tuesday there was a sweep-stakes race for a purse of $50, which drew a large crowd.


Vermont Phoenix, March 2, 1883

Prof. H. H. Shaw lectures in the citizens' course next Thursday evening, 8th inst., on "Witchcraft." This will be the last lecture of the course.


Vermont Phoenix, March 3, 1837

In the notification for the March meeting next week in this town, we perceive there is an article for an inquiry into the expediency of purchasing a farm for the support of the public paupers. If we must have so large a number as have been maintained or assisted for several years past, we have no doubt this mode is altogether the most humane and economical.


March 3, 1843

To the disgrace of civilization and Christianity, the practice of selling Town Paupers, annually, to the lowest bidder, still prevails in many Towns of our own and the neighboring States. Those unfortunate beings, who have been reduced to poverty, and become unable to maintain themselves, are put up at auction, and the person who will take them at the cheapest rate, - or in other words the person who will work them the hardest, and keep them in the poorest manner, takes them for a year and makes the most he can.


March 3, 1855

We understand that Mr. Bullard of Alstead, N.H., the builder of the Academy in the West village, has taken the contract for building the new Town House in this village. The building is to be 105 feet in depth, 60 feet in front, and two stories in height - the first of which will be 16 feet and the second 24 feet.


March 3, 1860

The obituary column contains a notice of the death of David Ayers of Vernon, formerly of this town. Mr. Ayers has lived entirely by himself, we are informed, for more than fifteen years, during which time he had his coffin in his house ready for use, except when it was occasionally used as a receptacle for white beans.


Vermont Phoenix, March 3, 1899

A half tone picture showing the interior of the Centre Congregational church as it appeared when decorated for the wedding of Mr. and mrs. J. H. Estey, appears in the March number of the Ladies' Home Journal.


Vermont Phoenix, March 3, 1899

A new and high class of entertainment for Brattleboro was given in the Auditorium Tuesday evening - Lyman H. Howe's animotoscope, a moving picture exhibition, under the auspices of the Brattleboro Woman's club. The objects composing the pictures seemed imbued with real life. A ranch scene represented cattle crossing a stream. It was considered necessary before presenting this picture to warn the audience to keep their seats "as none of the cattle will leave the stage."


Vermont Phoenix, March 4, 1836

A secret conclave of the canine race, "hound, puppy, whelp and cur of low degree," was holden some time on Thursday night last, on the public square near the hay scales, to testify, by snarl and growl and yelp, their utter contempt for certain laws passed by their biped masters, derogatory of their rights as free and independent citizens. Many deep-toned "bow-wows" were uttered by the ringleaders, which seemed to give show of fight and determined resistance to becoming collar men.


Vermont Phoenix, March 4, 1892

The children of Miss Clay's Chase street school found a winter curiosity in the shape of a caterpillar on the school grounds on Tuesday, March 1.


Vermont Phoenix, March 4, 1898

Dr. G. F. Gale's weather record shows a total snow-fall for the last four months of 101 1/2 inches, and a rain-fall of 13.69 inches. [Dr. George F. Gale]


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Vermont Phoenix, March 5, 1846, Page 3, Column 4---


Farm For Sale.


The well known Farm lately owned and occupied by Income Jones, deceased, is now offered for sale on the most reasonable terms. Said Farm contains about Ninety Acres of good Land, situated three miles West of Brattleboro Village, well wooded and watered, and mostly fenced with Stone Wall, with good Buildings thereon, and a large variety of engrafted fruit, consisting of Apples, Pears, Peaches, &c.

---also---

About thirty Acres of Mowing and Pasturing Land, lying about one half mile from said farm, likewise fenced with Stone Wall. The above will be sold separate or together as may best suit the purchaser. For further particulars, enquire of Benson Jones, on the premises.

Feb. 25, 1846.


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Income Jones acquired a warranty deed on December 11, 1799 from Capt. Caleb Parker for a parcel of land at 50 1/2 acres, and another parcel about one and a half miles away in a southwesterly direction, the soc-called "Salisbury Lot", at 35 3/4 acres. The first parcel lay along the east side of the road leading to Guilford---Lot No. 4 in the third range of Lots, the Salisbury lot being Lot No. 4 in the second range.


Income Jones died on January 19, 1845---his wife Mary Kingsley twenty years in the grave---but he had willed these lands to his son Benson on November 23, 1836. This will describes his Home Farm as about 80 Acres, and the "Salisbury Lot", so called, at about 30 acres. Income's daughter was the married woman called Mary Salisbury.


Caleb Parker, great great grandson of Deacon Thomas Parker, was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts in 1760 and died in Stukely, Canada in 1826. During the Revolutionary War, Caleb, and a small band of young soldiers, trained at night in the huge kitchen of the Artemus Ward home, which is called the General Artemus Ward Museum in Shrewsbury.


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Vermont Phoenix, March 6, 1886

The town did well in voting on Tuesday to have a new lock-up built, and we have no doubt the committee appointed will look the ground over carefully and decide on the best plan available for its construction. We believe it to be worth considering whether a good place for it cannot be made in the rear end of the town hall basement under the public library room.


March 6, 1886

The readiness and unanimity with which the town voted the $4000 asked for to build a soldier's monument is a matter for congratulation. It seems to be generally conceded that the most fitting site for the monument is, and no doubt it will be placed, at the junction of Main and Asylum streets, in front of the High school building - the spot where the artist Mead erected his Snow Angel, of which it will be, we trust, a not unworthy successor.


March 6, 1897

One runner of the sleigh in which Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Hopkinson were riding yesterday sank in the soft snow at the corner of Pine and Canal streets throwing them out into the slush, from which they emerged in a plight which was very disagreeable to say the least.


Vermont Phoenix, March 6, 1897

A test of the new police signal was made Wednesday night. Bailiff Galvin telephoned to the telephone exchange to have the red globe on the top of the People' bank flagstaff lighted, and in one minute and six seconds Chief of Police Hall appeared at the exchange.


Vermont Phoenix, March 8, 1872

"Orion" announces his intention of opening a hair dressing salon under the Revere House. [Orion Clark]


March 8, 1872

We were shown on Tuesday, at the Revere House, a magnificent bouquet of cut flowers sent from New York by Mrs. James Fisk to adorn the grave of her husband. The flowers were arranged in a shallow basket, about 18 by 24 inches, and consisted of the word "Husband" traced in English violets on a groundwork of white pinks, about which were arranged numerous specimens of smilax, with calla lilies, tea roses, etc. the whole boarded with the green azalea.


March 8, 1878

Patrick Leahy, an Irishman who was well known about town, and who earned a living for himself and his family by doing odd jobs with his horse and cart, was taken home last Friday night about 6 o'clock, in an intoxicated condition, and within two hours was dead. There is no truth to the rumor that signs of life were seen in the body on Sunday.


March 8, 1889

A span of horses ran with Mather's milk cart Monday evening, from Prospect street to South Main and Pine streets, through Esteyville, and were finally stopped at West Brattleboro. No damage was done.


March 8, 1895

Prince Williams, believed to be at the head of the Romany gypsies in this country, died Wednesday. The "Prince" is well-remembered in Brattleboro as one of the gypsies who had a camping ground each year on the Brook road.


Vermont Phoenix, March 8, 1918

Miss Edith I. Wright of Brooklyn arrived in Brattleboro Monday afternoon and at once entered upon her duties as librarian of the Brattleboro Free library. She will live for the present with Mrs. Lillian C. Royce in the Colonial.


Vermont Phoenix, March 9, 1877

The Hayes and Wheeler flags were thrown to the breeze across Main street Monday afternoon, in honor of President Hayes's inauguration. On the morning of that day Mr. Frank Brooks fired a salute from the common with a small piece, and in the evening Col. Fuller honored the occasion with a salute of 38 guns from one of his battery pieces.


Vermont Phoenix, March 9, 1894

The cost to date for the hospital for infectious diseases, erected by the selectmen on the town farm, has been about $325, as stated in the town meeting.


Vermont Phoenix, March 10, 1848

The report of the Auditors showed, among other things, that there had been expended upon the new road, leading to the west village, $1,110 - of which $1,094 was for the cost of construction, and the balance for repairs.


Vermont Phoenix, March 10, 1860

The club boat "Wantastiquet" long and trim, like some rare sea serpent, is passing through the streets as we write, in the hands of a crew of ten men. The river being open and free from ice, she is to be launched, we presume, for the season. A more beautiful craft for fast sailing we have never seen.


March 10, 1876

The North transept window in the Unitarian church has been put in its place this week, and the new edifice is now complete in every particular.


March 10, 1882

Mr. J. C. Newton is building a silo of about 175 tons capacity in one of the barns on the R. Bradley farm, of which he is manager. This will be the first silo in town.


March 10, 1893

George Danyeaw, barber with Robert Baker, has bought the pool room and shooting gallery in the Sherman building on Elliot street of Thomas Griffin.


Vermont Phoenix, March 10, 1899

The Vermont Phoenix announces that 88 year old Chester H. Miller of West Brattleboro attended his 65th consecutive Town Meeting. [Chester Miller died in 1900. He was born in 1810, and married Caroline Eaton]


Vermont Phoenix, March 11, 1892

The wheelmen expect that the coming season will see more interest taken in bicycling in Brattleboro than ever before. Already the silent steeds are seen on the side walks, and many young men are considering what mount to buy. The old solid tire is a thing of the past, while the cushion and the pneumatic or inflated tires are rivals for popularity.


Vermont Phoenix, March 12, 1846

Grammar taught in 6 days. By particular request, the subscriber will teach one class more, and but one, this season -- to commence on Wednesday, the 18th inst. Terms, One Dollar. Teachers throughout the county, male and female, are advised to embrace the present opportunity of becoming acquainted with this new and highly approved method of instruction. J. Greenleaf.


March 12, 1859

Notwithstanding the sweating process which has compelled the snow-banks to discount freely and forced some of them into liquidation, the average depths of the genuine article is about three feet in the river, and four feet in the mountain, towns in this county. We hope soon to be able to report the solvency of every bank (of snow) in the county.


March 12, 1869

J. W. Buddington offers for sale his saw and grist-mill at Centreville, together with a large amount of other property situated in different parts of the town, on account of ill health. A rare chance for investment is thus afforded.


Vermont Phoenix, March 12, 1886

The Salvation army were attacked last Saturday evening while on their way to their encampment after their regular street parade by a crowd of young men and boys who threw a volley of eggs, ice, and snow at them. The army retreated in good order and suffered no serious damage.


Vermont Phoenix, March 13, 1874

One of Brattleboro's manufacturing "institutions" generally overlooked by directory-makers and statisticians, is the one-man-power violin factory of Mr. Wm. A. Conant, who works at his residence on Canal street. He calculates that he has made 600 or 700 instruments in his life time, and he is doubtless good for many more. His violins usually sell at from $40 to $60 apiece, which is some indication of their quality.


Vermont Phoenix, March 14, 1845

Bees. A Few Swarms of Bees in Jones' Patent Hives, for sale by Solyman Cune.


March 14, 1845

Pay up, pay up. The Subscriber being about to close business, requests all persons indebted to him by Note or Account, to call and settle the same immediately, or they will be left with an Attorney for the benefit of my creditors. Jeremiah Beal.


Vermont Phoenix, March 14, 1857

We learn that Mr. Wells Goodhue has purchased the dwelling-house on Main street, owned by Maj. J. J. Crandall. It is one of the very best estates in the village.


Vermont Phoenix, March 15, 1895

Families with children on Prospect Hill feel great anxiety over the continued development of scarlet fever. two new cases are reported this week. This makes in all eight cases in five different families.


Vermont Phoenix, March 16, 1866

A street is to be opened from Flat street west of the residence of Willard Frost to extend through the land owned by the Frost family, lying between Elliot street and Whetstone Brook, to enter Elliot street near the bridge leading to Thomasville.


March 16, 1883

H. E. Bond's new house, corner of Pearl and South Main streets, is completed, and he expects to move into it next week.


March 16, 1894

The Masons have voted to have the individual pictures of the members hung in the lodge rooms, and Photographer Howe has the contract for taking them.


Vermont Phoenix, March 16, 1894

One long whistle will be sounded at the Estey factory hereafter when the watchman discovers a fire and no alarm has been pulled in, and he does not know the exact location. Afterward it is expected that people in the vicinity of the fire will pull in the proper alarm. The last two fires were seen at the factory before the alarm was given.


Vermont Phoenix, March 17, 1876

A petition is now in circulation, and is receiving numerous signatures, which asks that Kellogg hill on High street be reduced to a grade of 4 degrees and Charlier hill to a grade of 3 1/2 degrees. The petition also proposes to straighten Green street and bring it to a grade of 3 1/2 or 4 degrees between Jacob Marsh's house and Elliot street.


Vermont Phoenix, March 17, 1893

The contract for carrying the mails between the East and West villages for a term of four years, has again been awarded to Warren F. Walker.


Vermont Phoenix, March 18, 1847

Wanted, To contract with a responsible person for the digging of 270 rods of ditch, at the Brattleboro Water Cure Establishment.


Vermont Phoenix, March 18, 1892

Ranger & Thompson on Saturday swung out a new sign in the shape of a huge watch.


Vermont Phoenix, March 19, 1846

Miniatures. C. T. Ripley, from Troy, N. Y. would respectfully announce to the citizens of Brattleboro and vicinity, that he has taken Rooms for a few days over Mr. Steen's Bookstore, where he is prepared to execute Miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, in a style unsurpassed in city or country. The public are invited to call and examine his specimens. [Charles T. Ripley's daguerreotype studio was at 2 First Street in Troy, New York]


March 19, 1859

Messrs Fisher & Roberts have built them a new and commodious dwelling-house and work-shop on Flat street, which is the greatest improvement made in that portion of the village for many years. It gives us pleasure to chronicle such a palpable evidence of thrift.


Vermont Phoenix, March 19, 1875

Mr. Rufus Stearns, a man over 70 years of age, while at work on I. K. Allen's new house on Canal street, one day last week, fell from the eaves to the ground, a distance of forty feet, severely injuring -- the snow on which he struck. As for himself, as soon as he had recovered from his astonishment he gathered himself up and resumed work. [Rufus Stearns died December 29, 1889, aged 85. Isaac K. Allen served with the 4th Vermont Infantry, Company "P"]


Vermont Phoenix, March 20, 1840

Escaped from the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, Mr. George Constantine of Wallingford. He is 23 years of age, about five feet nine inches high, of a downcast look. He went away without any hat, but wore a black coat, black vest, sheep's grey pantaloons, and a pair of boots. Whoever will return him to the Asylum, or to the subscriber will be handsomely rewarded. Wm. H. Rockwell.

[George Constantine, the son of Joel Constantine and Asenath, was born on September 26, 1816, and died at Wallingford, Rutland County, Vermont on August 10, 1852. Joel died on January 13, 1857 aged sixty-nine. Asenath died October 7, 1861, aged seventy-nine years]


March 20, 1874

The new chief engineer of the village fire department, Mr. John W. Burnap, was presented with a handsome speaking trumpet on Friday evening last, by Engine Company No. 3, of which he was formerly a member. S. M. Waite made the presentation speech.


Vermont Phoenix, March 20, 1891

The early return of a copy of the "Confession of Michael Martin, or Captain Lightfoot," loaned from this office, is requested.


Vermont Phoenix, March 21, 1845

Tailoring Establishment, No. 8 Granite Row, Over A. E. Dwinell's Store. Garments made and trimmed in a fashionable manner, and made on the most reasonable terms. Just received, the Spring and Summer fashions for 1845, that are so adapted to form, convenience, and elegance, that they cannot soon materially change. R. F. Washburn.


Vermont Phoenix, March 21, 1857, Page 2

Revere House - This hotel has been leased to Mr. L. V. H. Crosby, the well known humorous and comic singer of New England. He is to take possession on the first of April. In the mean time the building has been altered, and thoroughly repaired. Mr. James Fisk, the owner thereof, has done much for the village in building and keeping up this establishment.

[L. V. H. Crosby married Elmira Caroline Cooper in Connecticut on May 9, 1839. He died in Joliet, Will County, Illinois on March 28, 1884, aged sixty-five years. Caroline Cooper Crosby died in New Haven, Connecticut on May 20, 1889, aged sixty-nine years and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.

L. V. H. Crosby toured with "The Harmoneons" and composed and wrote the lyric poems for "Gal From the South", "Kitty Clyde", "I'm Sailin' On De Old Canal", "Miss Julia Is A Handsome Gal", "Miss Nancy Paul", "De Skeeters Do Bite", "Dearest Mae", "Minnie Clyde", "Lovers' Quarrels", "Mill May", "The Favorite Ring", and "Mother I Leave Thy Dwelling"]


March 21, 1861

We understand that Mr. Greenleaf intends to open a night school in this village for the instruction of young gentlemen and ladies in his system of Grammar. The school is to be a night school in order to accomodate the young working men and women, and it is to be held in the select-men's room of the Town Hall.


Vermont Phoenix, March 21, 1884

Cudworth & Childs offer for sale a desirable house on High street suitable for two tenements and in excellent repair, now renting for $270 per year. If sold before the 1st of April the price will be $2600.


Vermont Phoenix, March 22, 1844

Notice. The man who borrowed my saddle is respectfully requested to bring it home. As to the bridle, (as it is an old one,) I am not so pertinacious. He may, if he is particular about it, keep that, if he will concentrate his honesty on the saddle. J. D. Bradley. [Hon. John Dorr Bradley]


March 22, 1856

Among the graduates of the Boston Medical College at the Close of the late term, we notice the name of Conrad Wesselhoeft, the eldest son of the late Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft of this village. Dr. W. will have charge of the Water Cure Establishment which has become inseparably associated with the memory of his father, its founder.


Vermont Phoenix, March 22, 1889

The selectmen have arranged to have a piece of sample road put in, made of broken mountain stone, before contracting for the whole of Main street. The piece chosen is that from the railroad track up to the bridge, which teamsters call the worst in the village.


Vermont Phoenix, March 24, 1849

Mr. Eben Putnam, of this town, killed a Cow last week, which weighed, after being dressed, 1185 lbs; when alive 1770 lbs. We can testify that we had a most generous roasting piece out of it, and that it bore ample testimony that the donor not only knew how to make good beef, but also who was the most deserving of a little extra "cut" occasionally.


Vermont Phoenix, March 24, 1883

This morning at about 8 o'clock an Irishman named Eugene O'Donald was blown up by a premature rock blast and instantly killed. The scene of the accident was the ledge on the east side of Pratt's hill, near the foot, where Geo. E. Crowell has a gang of men employed in getting out building stone.


Vermont Phoenix, March 24, 1837

The Selectmen of this town, we learn, have purchased of Mr. Arad Stockwell, his farm, containing about 140 acres,for the residence of the Poor. Price of the farm provided it contains 140 acres, $2990 -- if more or less, same proportion.


March 24, 1843

On Saturday night last, about 12 o'clock, Mr. John Birge's Woolen Factory, half a mile from our village, was discovered on fire, and every article of property within it was destroyed. More than 1000 yards of cloth manufactured for customers and ready for delivery, was destroyed, besides wool in process of manufacturing, to considerable amount.


Vermont Phoenix, March 24, 1848

A Committee from the Directors of the Brattleboro and Fitchburg Road, met in this place on Tuesday last, to hear the parties interested in the proposed location for the Depot. The two proposed locations are, one on the flat upon the Vernon road, near the residence of the late Dr. Wilson, and the other on the bank in the rear of the Congregational Church.

[Dr. John Wilson was the former and reformed Scottish highwayman "Captain Thunderbolt", who died on March 22, 1847, having contracted erysipelas from his West Brattleboro patient, Royal Gladden]


Vermont Phoenix, March 24, 1871

I. K. Allen, our well known lumber dealer, has just returned from Burlington, where he purchased one million cedar shingles, besides a large amount of spruce and pine lumber, including clapboards, &c. There is to be some building here this season, and "Isaac" evidently intends to do his share to encourage it. [Isaac K. Allen]


March 24, 1893

The Brattleboro savings bank has recently bought a Hammond Universal typewriter through Miss Florence E. Clark. Miss Clark is working up a good supply trade in connection with her sale of typewriters, including ribbons for Caligraph and Remington machines as well as all supplies for Hammond typewriters.


Vermont Phoenix, March 24, 1899

The state railroad commissioners have ordered car fenders placed in the next 90 days on all electric cars in Vermont. The commissioners have approved three fenders, and one of these must be used.


Vermont Phoenix, March 25, 1870

Agreeably to notice a goodly number of the friends of woman's suffrage, met at the Wesselhoeft House in this village on Friday last, and after due deliberation voted to form a Windham County Woman's Suffrage Association. A partial organization was effected by the choice of Rev. Addison Brown of this village as President.


March 25, 1887

The board of trade have caused to be hung in the Brooks House two books where buyers and sellers may make their wants known to each other. In one farmers or others who have anything to sell, live stock, produce, or what not, may record the fact, and in the other those who want to buy any article may register the fact.


March 25, 1887

"Dummy" Manning was arrested at Stockwell's fish market Saturday evening for drunkenness by officers Warren and Williams, and given an opportunity to sober up in the lockup until Monday morning. He claimed to have obtained his liquor by express from Boston.


March 25, 1887

The agitation of the creamery question among the farmers in town has at length resulted in a call for a meeting to be held at Engine hall, West Brattleboro, to-morrow afternoon. The project seems to meet with very general favor. It is understood that some $4000 will be needed to give the undertaking a good start, and it is believed this sum can be raised without much effort.


Vermont Phoenix, March 25, 1898

A representative of the Standard Oil company arranged Tuesday with Superintendent D. Mackenzie for the location in the lower part of the railroad yard of a steel tank of 25,000 barrels capacity, The oil will be brought from the refineries in New Jersey direct to New London in tank steamers, and will be shipped from there to Brattleboro in tank cars.


Vermont Phoenix, March 26, 1859

Mrs. A. E. Brown, one of our most indefatigable and intelligent botanists, informs us that our earliest wild flower, Hepatica triloba, was found in blossom on the morning of March 22d, within six feet of a snow drift.


Vermont Phoenix, March 26, 1897

Luke Ferriter's horse took fright at a piece of paper while Mr. Ferriter was dumping waste across the river Tuesday morning and ran back across the bridge and out Elliot street to the rear of the armory.


Vermont Phoenix, March 27, 1858

Richards Bradley has purchased between forty and fifty acres of land north of Prospect street and between the road leading to Dummerston and Connecticut river, upon which he proposes erecting a splendid mansion and out buildings. When completed this will form one of the most beautiful situations in Brattleboro.


March 27, 1858

Saturday evening about ten o'clock, Jonas Cutler's bakery, on Main Street was discovered to be on fire. During the evening the warm oven had been filled with wood placed there to dry with the flue damper of the oven closed. After a while the wood ignited and pyroligneous acid gas was formed to such an extent that the oven door burst open, and the fire was communicated to the wood work in the room.


Vermont Phoenix, March 27, 1874

The Hyers sisters (colored) gave a concert at the town hall on Tuesday evening, which only lacked a good audience, a comfortable atmosphere, and sufficient gas light to afford a mutual recognition between audience and singers, to make it a success. The programme was an excellent one, and the singers themselves among the most talented that we have lately listened to.

[Anna Madah Hyers, soprano, 1855-1929 and Emma Louise Hyers, contralto, 1857-1901, performing "Out of Bondage" also called "Out of the Wilderness"]


March 27, 1896

Goddard & Pentland's show of fancy bantams in the window of the Famers & Mechanics' exchange has been followed by a display of several varieties of pigeons owned by W. F. Goddard and G. W. Pierce.


Vermont Phoenix, March 27, 1896

An arrangement for testing the sound waves of atmosphere has been added to the High School's physical laboratory.


Vermont Phoenix, March 28, 1879

Mr. C. H. Eddy made so much of a success with his tonic beer last season that he is preparing to manufacture it this year on a larger scale. As a "temperance drink" it is unexcelled. The beer may be sampled at Fisk's oyster market on Elliot street.


March 28, 1879

A new safe which was being raised up the back stairway in Crosby block on Wednesday, broke loose from the tackle just as it reached the top of the stairs and plunged down to the foot, breaking a hole in the floor and stopping at the granite threshold after demolishing the entrance doors.


March 28, 1890

All Romeo-Juliet suggestions have vanished from the Miner building, which G. B. Kirwas occupies, the balcony to which the authorities objected having been removed.


Vermont Phoenix, March 28, 1890

A new "Arctic" wall soda fountain has been placed in Greene's drug store this week. It is of Italian marble and handsome in design. [George E. Greene]


Vermont Phoenix, March 29, 1839

Sam'l Chipman, Esq. will deliver two Lectures on the subject of Temperance, at the Chapel, Elliot street, next Tuesday, April 2d, afternoon and evening, commencing at half past 2 and 7 o'clock. All are invited to attend.

[The Chapel on Elliot Street, built by the Church on the Common, was later removed farther west along Elliot to the site of present Emerson's Furniture, then removed again to the west end of Spring Street, where it still stands]


March 29, 1839

Dr. Wright, of this village, will lecture on the Thompsonian System of Medical Practice, on Monday evening next, April 1st, at the Methodist Meeting House -- to commence at 7 o'clock.


Vermont Phoenix, March 29, 1839

The Rev. Mr. Pennington, a colored clergyman from Hartford, spent the last Sabbath in our place. In the afternoon he preached in the Congregational Church, and in the evening delivered an address in the Unitarian Church. The rarity of the occurrence attracted large audiences, who so far as we can tell from their silent attention were highly gratified.


March 29, 1856

Brattleboro Cornet Band. -- This band are about procuring a new Uniform. It will consist of a blue coat, drab pantaloons, and a high crowned cap with broad visor, the whole trimmed with gilt lace. Such a dress will give their appearance a coincidence with their musical capabilities.


Vermont Phoenix, March 29, 1889

The Dundon cottage on the Vernon road was the scene Sunday of one of the lowest carousels which ever disgraced the town. The details of the proceedings are too repulsive for publication.


Vermont Phoenix, March 31, 1843

Cash Job. The subscribers, Selectmen of Brattleboro, are wishing to contract for the making of a new road from near Capt. Eben'r Wells' to Dummerston line, in the bank of West River, one half of the same to be made this year, and the other half the next. They will attend to letting out the making of said Road, either in the whole or by sections, as may be agreed, and will meet for that purpose on Tuesday the 18th of April next, at 10 o'clock, forenoon, at the southern termination of said road.


March 31, 1860

N. F. Cabot has purchased the Island in the Connecticut River directly opposite this village. It is in the town of Hinsdale, N. H., but should be annexed and made a part of Brattleboro.


March 31, 1893

A local Swedish Lutheran church was formed Tuesday night. About 70 Brattleboro Swedes are interested in the movement, and it is thought that the number will be increased to 100 after the pastor is called.


Vermont Phoenix, March 31, 1893

The adoption by the World's Fair authorities of Levi K. Fuller's A 435 as the standard musical pitch for the Exposition is a signal triumph for this great reform in musical affairs.


Vermont Phoenix, Friday, April 1, 1881, Page 2, Column 7

At the auction sale of property belonging to the estate of the late John C. Tyler, last Saturday, a wooden heel said to have been worn by the once famous outlaw "Capt. Thunderbolt," was sold for $2.25, Mr. Geo. H. Salisbury being the purchaser.


April 1, 1887

Dentist F. A. Woodbury has just placed one of the latest patterns of dental chairs in his Elliot street office.


Vermont Phoenix, April 1, 1892

An experiment has been in progress last week and this on the farm of S. S. Sargeant of West Brattleboro, which has been watched with much interest by those who have known of it. An artesian well is being sunk, for the purpose of securing an additional supply of water to the reservoir in Highland park. If this experiment is a success other similar wells will undoubtedly be sunk.


Vermont Phoenix, April 2, 1859

At the annual meeting of the schools, the article in the warning relating to a School House near High and Green streets was considered, and L. G. Mead, Ferdinand Tyler and H. F. Smith were appointed a Committee to ascertain the feasibility and expense of the enterprise.


Vermont Phoenix, April 2, 1880

The mess in the fire department grows no less. On Wednesday the bailiffs took the responsibility of moving the boys' engine over the brook to No. 4's old home, and brought the No. 6 machine over to the boys' house. The Chief Engineer protested against this action, but the bailiffs gave the order and carried it out, believing that they were thereby meeting the wishes of the property holders of the village. The boys felt affronted at the action, and at a meeting in the evening voted to withdraw from the department, and will disband at an early day.


Vermont Phoenix, April 3, 1862

The Town Clerk's office in this town has been removed from West Brattleboro, where it has been kept since the organization of the town, to this village. It is now kept at the dwelling house of the clerk, H. A. Wilson, on Walnut street.


April 3, 1874

The selectmen have decided to open the long talked of street leading from Main street near the Unitarian church, to Oak. The Dickerman house has been purchased by the Unitarian society for removal, and the new street will open where that house now stands, while the new Unitarian church, which is to be upon the corner, will be located some twenty feet south of the present site.


April 3, 1891

Josiah K. Parker has bought of Judge J.M. Tyler the lot at the corner of Oak and Williston streets for $2000, and will erect upon it very soon a residence of 13 rooms, with all the modern conveniences. He will also build a barn.


April 3, 1896

Barnum & Bailey's circus will show on the old camp-ground near the Valley Fair grounds July 10. The company pays $62 for its license.


Vermont Phoenix, April 3, 1896

The retaining wall on the West Brattleboro road near Mrs. Benson's continues to cave in. The break is now about 12 feet square. It is suggested that the highway should be straightened at that point and a new wall built.


Vermont Phoenix, April 5, 1872

The door locks used in the Brooks House are of a kind recently patented and never before used. Their peculiarity consists in an arrangement by which when one enters his room, by simply turning a bolt he locks his door in such a manner that no key from the outside can unlock it or no eavesdropper take observations through a key hole. The inventor ought to realize a fortune from it.


Vermont Phoenix, April 5, 1895

Otis B. Estey, with a dozen aliases, who victimized many Grand Army men in this and other towns, was discharged in the county court for lack of sufficient evidence, after he had once pleaded guilty. He is a remarkably clever petty swindler, and it will be regretted that the case against him was not so prepared as to prove his guilt.


Vermont Phoenix, April 6, 1883

The Vermont Valley railroad company are leveling off the sand bank on the east side of the track opposite Walnut street, and will probably utilize the ground thus made by putting up an engine house thereon.


Vermont Phoenix, April 6, 1883

An interesting and gratifying incident of the past week has been the recovery by Mr. Lewis S. Higgins, the liveryman, of the team stolen from him last October, with the arrest of the thief in Connecticut.


Vermont Phoenix, April 7, 1837

One Cent Reward! Ranaway from the subscriber on Monday the 27th instant, Alexander Barrett, an indented apprentice. This is to forbid all persons from harboring or employing said apprentice, under penalty of the law; and from trusting him on my account, as I shall pay no debts of his contracting after this date. Any person who will return him to me shall receive the above reward, and no charges paid. Daniel A. Barrett, Hinsdale.


April 7, 1855

On Saturday evening last the school-house in District No. 4, situated about one mile west of this village, was entirely consumed by fire. During the past few weeks it had been the seat of several stormy district meetings, at which the building of a new school-house and its proper location were the bones of contention. One question is already decided by the fire, and we hope the other will be adjusted as speedily. Of course the fire was purely accidental.


April 7, 1860

A School of Natation for Young Ladies -- There is no better stream for this purpose than Whetstone Brook. Its clear waters, and its long reaches of proper depth, render it peculiarly fitted for a safe and expeditious means of learning to swim. And the exercise, too, in many cases, would doubtless prove peculiarly beneficial to the health.


April 7, 1871

Crosby block is fast filling up. Mrs. T. Avery & Co., milliners, have taken possession of their new quarters, and the new dry goods firm of Potter & Barnard will open in a day or two. Mrs. Farnsworth has removed to her dressmaking rooms on the second story, and the Household office now occupies commodious quarters on the same floor. Dr. Putnam has opened his new dental rooms on the third floor.


April 7, 1882

The required sum of $75,000 having been subscribed to the capital stock of a new company to manufacture sewing machines under the L. E. Higby patents, a meeting of stockholders was held at the Brooks House, Wednesday evening, for the purpose of organization. It is understood that the new company will occupy the Flat street shop owned by Mr. Crowell, who is the largest stockholder in the concern, and that the inventor of the machine, Mr. L. E. Higby, will have the immediate supervision of the work of manufacture.


April 7, 1893

Lovers of negro minstrelsy have a great treat in store for them in the appearance here next Monday evening of Gorman's minstrels. This company is the cleverest troupe on the road, and is noted for the good music and clever novelties and specialties which it introduces.


April 7, 1899

Work will begin soon on the new house which J. A. Pullen is to build on the corner of Chapin and Oak streets. Much of the lumber is already on the grounds.


Vermont Phoenix, April 7, 1899

That Brattleboro is a music-loving community and much prefers good opera over any other form of entertainment has been fully and fairly proved in the part and this fact will again be demonstrated, when the sprightly, vivacious Della Fox (the bright little girl with a nice little curl right in the middle of her forehead) comes to the Auditorium April 15. This is Miss Fox's first appearance in Brattleboro but she cannot be called a stranger for who has not seen her round, handsome face in the magazines?


Vermont Phoenix, April 8, 1870

A French class, under the instruction of Mlle. Augusta Appel, will be formed again at the High school at the beginning of the term commencing on Monday, April 11. Those wishing to take lessons will do well to join. Tuition, $6 per term.


April 8, 1887

It proves that E. C. Crosby and L. F. Adams are the purchasers of Mr. Chapin's three remaining lots on the west side of Oak street, and these lots they will divide and dispose of on a plan of their own. They will continue Chapin street through to Forest street on a slight angle, and will make the north side of the street fronting on Oak street one lot and on the south side two lots. In the rear of these will be two lots on each side fronting on Chapin street, making seven lots in all.


April 8, 1887

The ladies of the Brattleboro Woman's Indian association have been so fortunate as to secure the service of Mr. T. H. Tibbles and his wife, the well known "Bright Eyes," an educated Indian woman of the Omaha tribe, to address the people of Brattleboro at Crosby hall on Monday evening, April 11, at 8 o'clock. [Bright Eyes (1854-1903) graduated from a womans seminary in Elizabeth, New Jersey]


Vermont Phoenix, April 8, 1892

The old annunciator at the Brooks House, which was on the French system now generally discarded, and which was injured by fire several years ago, has been replaced by a new gravity-drop system of the most approved kind. All the wires run upon the surface instead of in the walls as heretofore, and are brought into an annunciator of 100 drops. [The annunciator was an electrical signalling device]


Vermont Phoenix, April 9, 1875

Wm. Hudson, one of Estey's workman, was offered by a brother workman a 75-pound bag of meal if he would carry it four times up and down the 64-step stairway in front of the shops, without stopping. He did it Wednesday evening, in his stocking feet, after his day's work was over, in about seven minutes, and besides his meal received a handsome contribution from the crowd who enjoyed the sport.


April 9, 1880

The selectmen have found it necessary to remove the old oak tree which has stood at the corner of Main and High streets, and which for some years has been in a dying condition. Its removal makes the corner look naked and lonesome.


April 9, 1880

Circulars are out giving programme and full announcement for Remenyi's appearance here on the 23rd inst. The violin which the great artist uses in his concerts was manufactured by Antonius Stradivarius, in Cremona, Italy, in the year A. D. 1705. Its intrinsic value is not less than $5000. Remenyi calls it his "Princess."


April 9, 1897

F. J. Bailey has made a contract this week for the sale of the Lawrence Watercure buildings, with a large tract of land between Flat, Elm, and Elliot streets, and 60 shares of water from the Wesselhoeft spring. The sale, if completed, will include the largest and probably the highest priced piece of real estate that has been sold near the centre of the village for several years.


April 9, 1897

C. H. Eddy has this week sold his interest in the bottling works of C. H. Eddy & Co., to his partner, George A. Eels. Mr. Eels will conduct the business under the old firm name. From a small concern turning out a few barrels a year, the business has grown until now it is the largest bottling concern in New England, outside the cities, occupying two floors, 102 by 43 feet.


Vermont Phoenix, April 9, 1897

Fire, which is said to have been set intentionally, was discovered near the southern extremity of the mountain about the middle of Wednesday afternoon, and it burned well into the night, covering a large area.


Vermont Phoenix, April 10, 1840

Young Men's Whig Association of Brattleboro. Notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting of the Association, at Wheeler's Hall on Monday Evening the 20th inst., commencing at 7 o'clock. Addresses, Songs, Glees &c. may be expected from the members. Gentlemen from the neighboring towns are invited to attend. Wm. W. Fessenden, Sec'ry.


April 10, 1858

We are glad to learn that the old barns, sheds and stables in front of the American House are to be superseded by a new building containing barn room, stables, and shops. The entrance to the stables will be on Flat street, and those to the shops on Main street. This arrangement will not only remove the unsightly buildings that now disfigure the approach to the business ventre of the village but relieve the street of many carriages and carriage shafts and poles that have heretofore been an actual incumbrance.


April 10, 1862

Connecticut River is yet fast locked in the icy bounds of winter, notwithstanding spring is, according to the Almanac, well-nigh half gone. We have never before, within our recollection, known of its being so tardy in unloosing itself from the rigorous embrace of winter.


April 10, 1885

Fred Miller has built a new and extensive hennery just across the Connecticut, at the foot of Wantastiquet mountain, and proposes to put up a dwelling house near it during the present season.


April 10, 1885

The town, which has always owned a part interest in the old one-horse hearse, becomes the sole owner of that useful conveyance through Selectman Boyden's purchase of the remaining interest at the C. L. Brown auction yesterday. Even the poor can afford to die now.


April 10, 1891

The most severe visitation by fire in Brattleboro for several years was that which broke out Sunday morning, about half an hour after midnight, and which destroyed J. T. Hildreth & Co.'s carriage factory on Elm street, involving a loss from $20,000 to $25,000.


Vermont Phoenix, April 10, 1891

The wheels don't go round and round at the Ross White paper mill on Elm street. The reason is that Mr. White gave all the employees their walking papers on Tuesday when he paid them to date. All the men were from Hinsdale. The trouble was that the men "stood in" with each other, and appeared to think that they could run the mill as they pleased. Very likely they have a different opinion now.


Vermont Phoenix, April 11, 1861

We learn that Charles Simonds has purchased the American House in this village of Joseph and Wells Goodhue for $4200. The property has been in the hands of the Goodhue family for about half a century. Mr. Simonds is expecting to take charge of the house eventually. It is now kept by F.B. Thompson in a manner that reflects great credit upon his ability as a landlord, and gives satisfaction to a large and increasing circle of patrons.


Vermont Phoenix, April 11, 1861

Michael Manning of whom we made mention last week in connection with an attempt to pass a stolen counterfeit bank note, was found after dark, last Saturday evening, secreted in the basement of Joseph Clark's drug and hardware store, about the time for closing the shop. His purposes whether of obtaining liquor or other plunder are best know to himself, but he is evidently a customer that will bear watching.


Vermont Phoenix, April 12, 1856

Several enterprising individuals have purchased a sette and located it in front of the building occupied by Messrs. J. Steen & Son, and the Express Office, where on sunny mornings some of the principal settlers of the village can be found, discussing many of the most interesting questions of the day.


April 12, 1878

John Manning, alias "Slyfax," left town last Thursday in company with two other young Irishmen, -- brothers named Sullivan-- all of them bound for Virginia City, Nevada, where they hope to obtain work in the silver mines. Manning donned the blue ribbon before he left, and if he succeeds in letting rum alone he stands a chance to do well and redeem his character.


April 12, 1889

Col. Hooker has arranged on behalf of the town with W. A. Dutton to reset the headstones of all the old residents of Brattleboro, buried in the old part of the cemetery, who have no friends remaining to keep their graves in decent order. The work will cost only $25 and is a very proper thing to have done. [Col. George W. Hooker and William A. Dutton]


Vermont Phoenix, April 12, 1895

The selectmen have arranged for a door to the vault which will be built for the preservation of the town records. The door will be built by the Corliss Safe company at Providence, R. I., at a cost of $250. It is locked by a flange which extends from all sides instead of by the common bolt.


Vermont Phoenix, April 13, 1849

A fire run over the Chesterfield Mountain for two or three days, commencing on Sunday last, and has probably done injury to the growing timber. It was a magnificent and beautiful sight in the evening. There was a continuous and winding chain of blazing fire from the foot quite to the summit of the Mountain, stretching upwards in a zig-zag course for more than a mile, and lighting brilliantly at times the surrounding country. The fire was extinguished by rain on Tuesday.


Vermont Phoenix, April 13, 1888

The town farm was sold at auction last Tuesday to Elbridge E. Stockwell for $1600. The authorities have several places in prospect, and one of them will be bought and a home established in the near future.


Vermont Phoenix, April 14, 1837

The School Meeting, was pretty well attended last week, and was enlivened by some humorous remarks. The debate over the question of repairing or removing the old Rookery on the common, as one gentleman facetiously and appropriately termed the north school house, was particularly amusing. We regret to say the motion to remove was negatived, probably from the fact that most of those present do not reside in the neighborhood of it.

[This schoolhouse was the first meeting house for the congregation that became the "Church on the Common" in 1816. This "Rookery" was built in 1806 and used for worship and for Sunday school. It was moved several times, then became well known as the Chase Street school, and was later damaged by a private owner during "restoration"]


April 14, 1871

We learn that the "Bliss house" on the corner of Chase and Asylum streets, has been purchased by Judge Cutts, who will doubtless procure its removal. [Capt. Nathaniel Bliss]


April 14, 1876

The "Bliss house," corner Asylum and Chase streets, belonging to the estate of the late Hon. Hampden Cutts, was sold by auction last Saturday to Mr. Leonard, of the firm Leonard & Roess, for $3800.


Vermont Phoenix, April 14, 1911

The people of Brattleboro are indebted to Vaughn & Burnett for the convenience of an illuminated clock, which the firm has placed on the edge of the sidewalk in front of their store on Main Street. The clock is 12 feet tall and the dial is 30 inches. A pipe runs to the basement of the store to admit the electric wires.


Vermont Phoenix, April 15, 1892

Jeweler Charles A. Tripp has been granted a patent for a badge. The Scientific American says it "is an improvement in ornamental badges or pins, to be worn on the clothing, the invention providing a simple and secure fastening for the badge, so that it cannot accidentally become detached."


April 15, 1892

F. M. Waite, with a dozen men, is cutting back the bank on the Canal street lot where the new schoolhouse is to stand, and reducing it to a uniform grade. By permission of Mrs. Lamb, the old building is to be moved on to the triangular plot of land owned by the district, and will stand partly in her yard, for the use of the school while the new building is in progress of erection.


Vermont Phoenix, April 15, 1910

Charles E. Graffam's new soda fountain machine arrived early in the week and it has been installed in the Brooks House pharmacy. Soda will be served free to all who come to the opening and an attractive souvenir will be given to each woman visitor. The front is of Mexican onyx, set off by a dark green base of Italian marble. The top is of pink Tennessee marble. Two clerks can serve at the same time without inconvenience.


Vermont Phoenix, April 16, 1846

Copartnership. Calvin Townsley & Son, have associated with them in the mercantile business, Mr. Henry Townsley, which, from and after the 16th March last, has been and will be conducted under the name and form of Townsley & Sons.


April 16, 1859

Mrs. Chase's school will soon enter upon a new term. It is deservedly successful and commands the confidence of those having daughters to educate. The facilities for education in this village are second to those of no other town in the State.


April 16, 1875

A noted lady medium of Boston gave a "seance" at the house of Lewis Putnam on Thursday evening of last week, at which the usual feats of banjo playing, etc., were gone through with in the presence of about fifty (would be) spectators. No lights were allowed.


April 16, 1875

L. K. Fuller is preparing to build a fine residence on his lot near the south end of Canal Street. Leander Thomas has bought Asa Field's corner lot on Prospect street - the most sightly location in the village - and will of course build a house to correspond. Other houses of an expensive character are also in contemplation.


April 16, 1886

Last Tuesday afternoon at about 20 minutes past three the boiler at J. A. Church's general wood-work factory and grist mill on Frost street burst with a terrific explosion, the result of which was the entire destruction of the one-story engine-house attached to the main shop, the partial wrecking of the rear portion of the main building, serious injury to R. D. Brown's barn, the killing of a valuable horse, and the shaking up of things generally in that vicinity. The boiler was driven, end over end, over the two-story store-house in the rear of the foundry, striking on one end in R. D. Brown's garden about 260 feet away. [Richard D. Brown at 63 Frost Street]


Vermont Phoenix, April 16, 1886

Mr. Clary is this week putting up a new standard on the top of Harmony block to carry to the west, away from the trees in the brooks House park, the 75 telephone wires which run in the rear of the buildings.


Vermont Phoenix, April 17, 1858

J. Steen & Son have removed from the store on the corner of Main and High streets, which they have occupied so long that it has obtained the sobriquet of "Steens Corner," to the store directly opposite recently occupied by N. Cheney & Son.


April 17, 1862

A salute of thirty-four guns was fired in this village Tuesday afternoon upon the reception of the gratifying news of the fall of Fort Pulaski.


April 17, 1862

Thermometers registered 74 degrees in the shade in this village and it became apparent that there would be a flood through the Connecticut River Valley due to melting snow. Old records state that the water of the Connecticut River on April 17, 1862, was the highest it had been in fifty years.


April 17, 1885

Mr. Crowell has solved the problem of what should be done about the proposed change on Flat street by buying the Frost meadow property outright. His purchase includes all the land and buildings on the south side of the street out as far as Ross White and Rockwell & Sherwin buildings. Mr. Crowell's purchase will convert Flat street into an almost exclusively manufacturing street. The price paid for the property is understood to be $8000.


April 17, 1885

I. K. Allen & Co. have the contract to furnish the lumber for H.D. Carroll's new barn, Vinton's shop to replace the one burned, and Crowell's melodeon shop addition.


Vermont Phoenix, April 17, 1891

Unheralded by any kind of announcement the "greatest female show on earth, George Melnotte's female jockey minstrels," swooped down on Brattleboro Wednesday and gave a performance in the evening. It is said that the company broke up on Thursday, when the different members took the afternoon train south.


Vermont Phoenix, April 18, 1861

The news of the attack on Fort Sumter by the rebels at Charleston, created the greatest excitement in our village, and when a dispatch announcing its fall was received the deepest indignation was manifested. The war spirit of our citizens was fully aroused. Tuesday afternoon the American flag was raised between our office and the Brattleboro House, after a neat and appropriate speech by Capt. Phelps, and amid the cheers of those attending the impromptu gathering.


April 18, 1884

The glory of "Ryther's arcade" has departed. Since Tuesday crowbar and pick and ax have been busy upon it, and by the end of this week the old landmark will exist only in fond (?) memory. It will be difficult to make the generation which now rides in baby wagons understand what a funny looking little old building it was amid its pretensious surroundings of brick and stone.


Vermont Phoenix, April 18, 1884

Another old landmark has disappeared this week in the pulling down of the old barns on the Goodhue estate. The barns were built by Francis Goodhue, grandfather of the "present incumbent" of that name.


Vermont Phoenix, April 19, 1856

The dwelling house occupied by Mr. Charles Ferry near Canal Street, in this village, was crushed by the fall of a large cake of frozen earth, estimated to weigh five or six tons. It stood in front of the bank where large excavations have been made from time to time, and the yielding of the frost occasioned the occurrence.


Vermont Phoenix, April 19, 1895

The selectmen find from records that Chapin street as originally surveyed has been encroached upon for nearly its whole length by property owners.


Vermont Phoenix, April 20, 1883

The street watering cart, made gorgeous in a new coat of green and red, began its summer's work yesterday.


April 20, 1883

There are to be two excursions of canoeists down the Connecticut this season, one starting from the head-waters the last of May and the other the last of June. The first of these will comprise a fleet of 20 birch canoes built by the Penobscot Indians on their reservation in Maine.


Vermont Phoenix, April 20, 1888

Mr. Herrick has not yet decided on a farm for the town, though two or three are under favorable consideration. If necessary the four charges at the present farm will be boarded for a few weeks. They can be well cared for at West Brattleboro for $12 a week.


Vermont Phoenix, April 21, 1855

Engine Co. No. 3, with the tub "Hydropath" made their first public appearance in their new and beautiful uniform, on Saturday last, -- Francis Goodhue, Foreman. Although the mud was ankle deep the company spent two hours very pleasantly in marching through the streets, and in practicing with the "machine." Their success was satisfactory, to themselves at least, considering that it was their first trainin'.


April 21, 1882

A petition is in circulation to have the selectmen lay out a street leading from Western avenue, at a point opposite Cedar street, to the iron bridge on Elliot street. Such a street would be a great convenience to many.


April 21, 1893

Dr. Holton bought the Reed street school house at auction Tuesday for $610. He will convert it into a tenement. [Dr. Henry D. Holton]


April 21, 1899

The residents of Poverty Alley will give a social in Grange hall next Wednesday evening. There will be music by the Alley Band, a stage entertainment, and a poverty supper will be served. Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman in the most poverty stricken looking costumes. The entertainment will close with a short dance.


Vermont Phoenix, April 21, 1916

A youth who was one of 100 or more boys and men at the corner of Main and Elliot streets Sunday night during the Salvation Army service threw an empty cigaret box from the steps down on the bass drum which was on the ground. Other discourtesies had been shown.


Vermont Phoenix, April 22, 1870

We learn that a room over the store occupied by E. G. Simonds & Co. and E. J. Carpenter, on Elliot street, has been engaged and is to be put in order for the village library, to which it will soon be removed. This is, perhaps, the most convenient place that can for the present be found for that purpose. By the way, what has become of the project started not long since to erect a building for a town library, and to have an institution credible to the village? Is it dead, or only asleep?


April 22, 1881

The new uniforms for the Brattleboro military band have been ordered and, with full ranks, the organization is settling down to regular rehearsals for the season. A new alto horn has been bought, a double b-flat (helicon) bass will soon be substituted for one of the b-flats, and an effort will be made to secure an e-flat cornet player from Coleraine as a permanent member.


April 22, 1887

The good work is beginning. The cobbles were raked off the High street hill this morning. What a blessing and surprise it would be if they should be kept out of all the main roads in town this year -- and especially if they should be really carted off so that in two days they wouldn't be back under the wheels again.


April 22, 1887

Owners of real estate on Forest square are discussing the project of running a new cross street from Cedar to Spruce, which would divide the square and open up a number of desirable building lots.


April 22, 1892

One thousand loads of earth are to be dumped down the bank on Brook street, at the point where the new road, which is to run along the side of the brook to the Elliot street iron bridge, is to begin.


April 22, 1892

The work of completing the asylum tower was begun on Monday, and it is hoped that six weeks will see it accomplished.


Vermont Phoenix, April 22, 1892

The Canal street school house was moved yesterday to the lot in front of Mrs. Lamb's house. The school is closed, temporarily.


Vermont Phoenix, April 23, 1880

The big egg campaign opens for the season with a specimen produced by one of Wm. A. Conant's Plymouth Rock hens, which measured 6 1/8 by 7 3/4 inches.


Vermont Phoenix, April 23, 1886

The suggestion having been made that, with the purchase of a few feet of land from the point of the Harris property between No. Main and Asylum streets, a suitable site could be secured there for the soldier's monument. Mr. Herrick wrote Mrs. Harris asking if the land could be bought. She replies that she should not be disposed to part with it under any consideration.


April 23, 1886

Those about to buy refrigerators will be interested to know that Emerson & Son received to-day a full line of the celebrated Eddy's.


Vermont Phoenix, April 23, 1886

C. W. Drown will start a city cab next week to run to trains and answer calls to all parts of the village at all hours of the day or evening. Those attending evening parties and entertainments will find it an especial convenience. Headquarters and order book will be at Brigg's drug store.

[Charles Wilson Drown, named in honor of family friend Dr. John Wilson]


Vermont Phoenix, April 24, 1862

The Selectmen have called a Town meeting for Saturday afternoon, May 5th, to see what action the town will take in relation to rebuilding the West River bridge, and in raising money to pay for the same. It is very evident that the bridge at that place must be rebuilt and that speedily.


April 24, 1862

Great Flood of 1862. During the past week the inhabitants of the valley of the Connecticut river have witnessed, and many of them painfully experienced, a greater and more disastrous flood than any other that has preceded it within the memory of the "oldest inhabitants." The rise of water was a full five feet above the highest marks of former freshets.


April 24, 1874

By the purchases of land which the Unitarian building committee have recently made, a lot with eighty feet front on Main St., and one hundred and three feet in depth, has been secured on which to place the proposed new church edifice, which will stand about twenty feet further south and eighteen feet further west than the old church.


April 24, 1891

The water was turned on to the Wells fountain on Monday. The fountain was draped on the day of Mr. Wells's funeral.


April 24, 1896

There will be a change next Sunday in the Sunday schedule of the electric cars. The first car will start from Prospect Hill at 9 o'clock and from West Brattleboro at 9:20, running thereafter on 20 minutes schedule, pass Main street bridge at 10 minutes before the hours, 10 minutes after, and on the half hours.


Vermont Phoenix, April 24, 1903

The top story of C. O. Robbins' new house on the corner of Oak and High streets has been put on this week. Mr. Robbins expects to have the house completed the coming autumn. It is divided into six tenements and in the centre is a large open space which admits light to all of the tenements.


Vermont Phoenix, April 25, 1857

Messrs. Riley Burditt and Hatsel P. Green of this village, have made an important improvement in melodeons for which they have recently secured letters patent. By this improvement two or more notes in different octaves are sounded by pressing a single key, in such a manner that all the levers are fulcrumed on a single board, which slides, thus bringing the levers into or out of connection with the keys. [Hatsel Purple Green]


Vermont Phoenix, April 25, 1861

Our young doctor who, when a young lady up street declined singing to him, as she had a "sore throat," recommended "a broadcloth coat-sleeve with an arm in it, to be worn around the neck for one hour each evening," is building up an extensive practice.

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