Hartland News 7/5/1884, (excerpts from)
If any of the brethren in the democratic fold should be inclined to favor the election of Gen. BUTLER, they are recommended to read, as an aid to the understanding, ” A narrative of the services of the officers and enlisted men of the 7th regiment of Vermont Volunteers, (veterans) from 1862 to 1866, by Wm. C. HOLBROOK, late Colonel 7th Vt. Veteran Vols.” We have read a copy belonging to A. A. MARTIN who was a member of the regiment above named.
Frank GILBERT has made substantial improvements on the foundry buildings, new foundations and new roof of old growth fine shingles being among them. Here the business of Hartland properly commences, it being the place where Lull brook begins its work of turning water-wheels. From this place to ASHWORTH’s, MERRITT’s, A. A. MARTIN, MARTIN & STICKNEY’s ending at LYMAN’s the brook finds no rest.
Frank O. PENNIMAN, of Grafton, contracted to work for C. H. FRENCH, one year from April last, worked about two months, quit and “returned to the place from whence he came.” FRENCH, as anyone would, sued for damages. The case was heard June 25th, before Justice STURTEVANT, who gave judgement in favor of the complainant of $25 and costs. ENRIGHT of Windsor, looked after the interests of FRENCH, and WALKER of Grafton those of PENNIMAN.
Fred I. MARCY, of Providence, R. I., was in town last week on a brief visit and made arrangements with Oscar DAVIS to remain with his father, Mr. Ithamar MARCY, whose unfortunate mental condition renders constant watchfulness necessary.
Joseph E. RICE caught a bear in a trap he had set for crows, but it got away.
We have been shown, during the past week, some very pretty specimens of ladies’ work, among which may be mentioned a patchwork robe, by Mrs. George S. LEONARD, a lounge cover, by Miss Helen HARDING, and a table cover, by Miss Maud LABAREE. The two former are of worsted and the latter of silk, all being of the “crazy” pattern.
Mrs. Lucy DUNHAM of Bethel, sister of Mrs. Taylor ALEXANDER, of this town, died last week of apoplexy. The shock occurred while riding with a son. She was driven rapidly home and taken from the carriage, but never spoke, and died in a few hours. Her last words were to her son: “Drive me home as quick as you can, I feel dreadfully.”
The frost and freeze of early June destroyed most of the fruit in this section, but the re-blosoming trees of station agent LABAREE leads one to think that Nature, repenting the mischief done, had set about repairing the damage she had caused.
Frank C. CARPENTER has made important improvements in the griddle cake baker. As first made it had some weak points, but any woman who finds fault with it now should be doomed to everlastingly go without her griddle cakes. While on the subject of inventions, it may be stated A. C. MARCY, at Four Corners, has invented a kitchen utensil which will doubtless prove a great blessing to the ladies. N. F. ENGLISH is perfecting the model, but we are not permitted to be more definite till the patent is secured.
I. W. LAWRENCE, for many years known in Windsor as the best shoemaker in town, except one, made the newsroom a welcome call last week Thursday. He is now located on one of the best farms between Brownsville and Felchville, the old BENJAMIN place, keeps seven or eight cows, has all the latest improvements for dairying, including the Cooley creamer, raises his own wheat, which he brings her to MERRITT’s mill to get ground, and is, we judge happy and prosperous. We are glad of it.
Henry HARDING, the well known civil engineer, who has spent some months with his brother Watson, at the Four Corners, left last week for Massachusetts.
The following is the report of Miss Clara A. LAMB, teacher of the intermediate school in Hartland Village: Whole number of scholars, 21; average attendance per day, 19 3/4; not absent during the term, Frank DICKINSON, Bayard LYMAN, Ernest MARTIN, Addie BRITTON, Nellie DICKINSON, Ethel LITCH, Maud MARTIN, Inez STICKNEY, Laura STICKNEY; not tardy, Addie BRITTON, Nellie DICKINSON, Ethel LITCH, Maud MARTIN, Nellie SMALL, Lena SPAULDING, Florence STURTEVANT, Lillian STURTEVANT, Mabel STURTEVANT, Mabel WILLARD; 1st rank, Nellie SMALL 9.94; 2nd rank, Maud MARTIN, 9.91; 3rd rank Alice SPAULDING, 9.87.
School in dist. No. 1 taught by Cora M. McARTHUR, closed June 27. Whole number of pupils, 22; not absent or tardy, Arthur SPEAR, Kate AINSWORTH, Lucy CHASE, Abbie JONES, Abbie MURPHY, Edith MURPHY, May STURTEVANT, Gertie STURTEVANT, Flora TURNER; not absent but tardy, Flora SPEAR, Eddie SPEAR; not tardy but absent, Allie TURNER, Leroy HADLEY, Eddie HADLEY, George MURPHY, Fred RAHUE, Willie RAHUE, Frank SHERWIN; absent 1 day, Allie TURNER.
Quite a collection of old clocks can be sen at the shop of N. F. ENGLISH, one the property of Napoleon LUCE, was made for Judge LUCE, and fitted to a room in his house now owned by B. P. RUGGLES. There are four of them in all, mostly left for restoration of some missing parts. There is also a very ancient and curious German clock to be seen in the same place. Several of these old clocks are scattered babout town. Asa J. WEEK owns four, two of them having very beautiful inlaid cherry cases. Dr. D. F. RUGG and A. C. MARCY own each one.
Transcribed by Ruth Barton