Hartland News, Vermont Journal, June 14, 1884

The Martinsville skating club has been organized by the choice of A. A. MARTIN, president; John STRONG, secretary and treasurer;  business committee,  Lucian SMALL, George SPAULDING and A. E. HILL.

Sheepman W. W. BAGLEY is putting a 42 feet “lean to’ on his barn to keep his merinos warm and dry.

Judging by the number of young canary birds of Mrs. D. M. BADGER, there will soon be music in Foundryville.

The handsomest garden pansy bed we have seen is that of Mrs. KINGSLEY in Hartland village.

Fred W. CLARK plants seven acres of corn this year with a horse planter.  The scarcity of help makes machinery on the farm indispensable.

Silas D. WILDER shows a curiosity in the news room not often seen. It is a section of a whale’s rib 2 feet long and 2 inches wide, taken from a whale in the North Pacific ocean by Capt. DUNHAM, of Woodstock, 50 years ago.

There was a “potato race” at Billings skating rink one night last week.  Prizes were $1.00 for first, 75 cents for second and 50 cents for third. The first prize was taken by A. E. HILL, second Earnest KEENE and third W. O. SPAULDING. Your correspondent and T. A. KINGSLEY took each a lesson on the rollers, a few morning since, of chief BILLINGS.

J. H. BOWERS planted nine varieties of potatoes, or rather potatoes with nine different names, last year. Out of that number he has only planted three this year, Burbank Seedlings, Beauty of Hebron and Early Rose. These did the best with him.

Waldo & Dickinson’s block is undergoing important repairs which includes painting, new outside doors and partitions.  Jesse V. JOHNSON does the ornamental work.

Carpenter LITCH is making quite extensive repairs on GILBERT’s foundry.

“Among the most industrious and successful of the young lawyers at the Chicago bar is J. M. H. BURGETT. He was born at Hartland, Windsor county, Vt., in 1850. His father, a manufacturer and railroad contractor, was a  prominent man there and highly respected in the community as a business man and a citizen.” The foregoing is from a Western paper and will recall a name formerly well known here. Mrs. Pliny B.SMITH is a sister of the above named person. The family removed to the West in 1854.

As Geo. R. GUERNSEY of Windsor was driving through our village one day last wee, doubtless absorbed in the natural beauties of the place, and perhaps watching the many improvements being made, he lost control of his horse, who being frightened from some cause, reared into the air and upset his carriage in dangerously near proximity to Mrs. W. R. STURTEVANT and her child which she was drawing on the sidewalk. In the fear and confusion of the moment, she tried to get the baby into a garden through a picket fence, but the spaces between teh pickets didn’t fit that sized baby, and she sought refuge in her husband’s store, not far off. beyond the fright, no damage was done.

The most violent rain and wind storm for many years occurred here Monday last. One end of the new covered bridge across the lower end of Lull brook has settled 12 inches by the action of water on the stone abutment.

R. E. FRENCH still goes off to market with some of the farmer’s fattest stock. We noticed one yoke of oxen in his this week’s load that weighed 3500 pounds. He bought them of Albourne LULL.

C. P. BURK returned from his trip to market last week without feeling any injurious effects. He wishes it stated that his recovery from a dangerous illness is due to the skill of Dr. RUGG and the careful nursing of his wife.

Mrs. N. F. ENGLISH says, in regard to the seven feet begonia mentioned in East Barnard correspondence last wee, and owned by Mrs. Edward ALLEN, “tell her to nip it back, as it hurts begonias to grow any higher after they get to be seven feet.” We may mention that Mrs. ENGLISH and Mrs. ALLEN are relatives.

Arrangements have been made by which the mail of Martinsville is delivered twice a day at the tin shop of F. PL BILLINGS.

Mrs. J. F. LYMAN, while at work in her garden, near the mouth of Lull brook, one day last week, dug up an Indian arrow head made of flint, perfect in form, which may have been there hundreds or thousands of years.

Directly across the street from the newsroom, may be seen a large and handsomely cultivated garden with one of the largest and best asparagus bed in town. Long before the snow was all gone we noticed the owner at work, beginning earlier in the morning than most people go to their work, and continuing through the day. The garden is a large one and he does all the work of planting, weeding and hoeing, not from necessity but from early formed habits of industry. The person referred to is Mr. Cullen F. STURTEVANT, well on towards 90 years of age.

Mr. Joseph LIVERMORE, ninety-five years of age, was out in his fields planting corn, as was noticed by people passing by his farm last week.

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