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Destructive Fire in Brattleboro. $30,000 Destroyed. The most destructive fire that has ever occurred in Brattleboro, took place this afternoon. At about two o'clock P. M. the cry of fire was raised, and hardly had our citizens rushed into the streets to answer call, when the roof of the Vermont House was seen to be on fire for nearly the whole of its length. The firemen and citizens generally...
Mr. Printer, Having been chosen defendent, I was obliged to visit New-Fane at our late County Court; where I expected, in addition to the perplexities of a vexatious law suit, to encounter all the inconvenience of a small neighbourhood; to get my food at any price thought proper to be charged, and perhaps to lodge on the soft side of a hemlock board: But happily I found all my...
Glimpses Of The Old Stage Days. Ashur Spencer and His Enterprises--Anecdotes of One of Brattleboro's Strong Men--Charles Wood, Ben Davis, and Other Drivers of Those Times. [Letter in the Sunday Republican.] Sixty years ago, the name of Ashur Spencer, the old-time stage proprietor and postmaster, was as familiar to the people of the valley as that of Chester W Chapin, his life-long friend and collaborator. Both were prominently identified...
Ancient Surveys Of Little Value Highway Boundaries Obliterated in Many Cases. "Ridgepole of Revere House" One of the Marks by Which Location of Elliot Street Was Determined in 1870---Stakes, Stones and Trees Mentioned in Old Records on File. That there is need of a resurvey of most of the streets in this village is shown by even a casual examination of the records in the office of the town...
Windham County Scenery. Writer in Boston Transcript Describes Beauties of Country About Dover. "Mountaineer" in The Boston Transcript pays the following tribute to Windham county's scenery: From the center of a most charming area of rural felicity there comes to the mountaineer a little note of a fair enthusiast (E. M. E.), who says by way of introduction, "As I have tramped over these beautiful hills day after day...
Hon. Hoyt Henry Wheeler _____________________________________________________________________________ Brattleboro's Town House Historically. Judge Wheeler's Interesting Account at the Dedication Saturday Evening--- With Other Facts of the Town's Early Days and Former Fights. This town was organized on the first Tuesday, which was the first day, of March, 1768, probably at the house of John Arms, which stood about where the Retreat farm-house stands. There were about 60 voters, seven of whom lived...
Victim Was Man From Brattleboro. "First Foot-Pad in Vermont" Tried to Steal $500 From One William Harris of this Town --Unsuccessful. The first man that history records as having been assaulted by a footpad in Vermont was a resident of Brattleboro. On the evening of Monday Sept. 22, 1817, William Harris, a hustling young merchant of Brattleboro who was somewhat sportily inclined, started out from this village to see...
Chloe Smith Hayes, Proprietress Rutherford Hayes As Recollected By His Grandchildren Belinda Elliot McLellan describes Rutherford Hayes--- Grandfather I recollect as a neat, fat, wholesome looking old gentleman; his face rosy and round - almost free from wrinkles. I think he had some little pride about his looks. I can remember seeing him stand before the glass to adjust his wig to the exact poise, and then with his...
Brattleboro Village. A Chapter of Its Early History. Where the Early Inhabitants Lived - Where the Roads Ran - Some of the First Industries, Stores, etc. The earliest history of the village of Brattleboro may interest some readers. When the town was chartered by Gov. Benning Wentworth in 1753 he reserved to himself a tract of the land on the river extending from the lower end of the depot...
_____________________________________________________________________________ The Elm-Street Covered Bridge Goes Down of Its Own Weight. A Fortunate Escape For Somebody Or Everybody. There was a surprise party in Brattleboro last Monday morning when it was announced that the Elm street bridge across Whetstone brook had gone down during the night. No one knew of the wreck at the time it occurred, but early risers on Canal street found the bridge in the brook...
Abby Estey Aged Twelve In 1854 Some Footpaths That I Knew In My Childhood In And Around Brattleboro An old path that always appealed to me, was the one up Mount Wantasquet, across the Connecticut River. It was a fairly good one, steep in some places and with a stony foundation, and towards the top a very good view of the valley could be had. A log house crowned...
Numerous Signs of Old Post Road. Fourth in Series of Articles By Brattleboro Chapter, D. A. R. Sections Now Grassed Over. Several Old Cellar Holes Mark Locations of Houses Which Bordered Boston-Albany Route Near Meeting House Hill Cemetery. Further facts concerning the interesting subject of the old post road from Boston to Albany by way of Brattleboro are contained in a paper read before Brattleboro chapter, Daughters of the...
William St. John's Map Of West Brattleboro Village Former Building Sites Superimposed A History of the Common at West Brattleboro Which Is of Interest at This Time--- Something About the One at the East Village. The history of the early commons of this town is somewhat interesting. The first was on meeting-house hill south of the cemetery, and was reserved there on the plan of the town. That at...
Brattleboro House Estey Wagon Passing By J. B. Beers Atlas 1876 The New Brattleboro House On Monday last the new hotel - Brattleboro House - was thrown open to the public for the accommodation of guests, and we do not believe there is a better arranged, more convenient or more pleasantly situated hotel in the State. Our citizens are already aware of the former use to which the building...
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