Historically Speaking: Hartland Newsclips

Sometimes it is fun to read old news clips. Each one isn’t long enough to do an entire column with so I will give you a couple to enjoy.

The first is Hartland, Vt. 1877.

A little excitement happened in District #6 in April. Mr. Sumner T. Lull, who lives on the Cady farm, received from the hotel “des tramps”, in Windsor, a lad named Charles Baker, about 15 years of age, to assist him on his farm. About two weeks ago they left him to go to church, when he went to Mr. Lulls desk, and took about fifteen dollars in money, and what clothes Mr. Lull had furnished him, and left.When Mr. Lull came home he learned the boy had been missing about two hours,and immediately started in pursuit, toward Hartland, with Mr. Charles Wilder at Hartland Four Corners, G.H. Thayer - who was not making soap- said he had seen the boy pass, as also did Mr. Albert B. Burk; Mr. Wilson Britton, Chairman of the Hartland Thief Detective Society, being busily engaged in his horse barn, did not see the boy pass - Mr. Lull then drove to the Pavillion Hotel, kept by Mr. R.L. Britton, who furnished him with a fresh horse and also started with him in search of the boy, in company with Mr. Eli Shepard, one of the Hartland detectives, they then proceeded up the track on foot, eight or ten rods to Mr. Gilson’s cooper shop, when Mr. Britton, becoming weary, returned, and as they came back to the depot they saw the boy who was immediately secured by Mr. Britton and Wilder.- Upon searching him, the money was found secreted in a handkerchief around his body; after consultation, they delivered the boy, to Mr. Lull, minus 62 cents, which “Roy” said was to go to the Detective Society. Now what does Mr. Lull do with the boy? Beat and pound him, as some would suppose, from what they have heard on account of a little trouble he had with a contrary and ill-disposed prisoner? He took the boy home and kept him about a week, and gave him good Christian instruction, telling him the evil consequences of such things, which, from his former experience with rogues, he was capable of doing. The boy may find other homes, but none better than the one he had at Mr. Lull’s. We hope the boy may ever find as good friends as he found at Windsor. A FRIEND TO THE UNFORTUNATE.

From the January 7, 1937 paper we have:

Three Hartland Men Injured in Falls
Hartland - The slippery conditions of the past week were responsible for several falls, the most serious of which was that of Leslie L. Lobdell, 72, who broke his hip and is in Windsor Hospital. Mr. Lobdell lives alone on his farm in the west part of town, beyond Jenneville, and has no telephone. Late Saturday afternoon he fell while coming from the barn to the house. He managed to crawl to the house where he sat by the kitchen fire all night. With the crooked handle of his cane he pulled the wood box to him and fed the fire. Then he got hold of a saw on the table, and sawed up the wood box for fuel. He was not found until about noon Sunday when his neighbor, Bernatchez, arrived. In the afternoon he was taken to the hospital.

Warren H. Henshaw fell while delivering milk, and struck a blow on the back of the head which made him unconscious for a time. He was picked up by Howard Claypoole, who found him lying in the road near Stammers place in Martinsville. He does not remember where or how the fall occurred, but was able to deliver his milk as usual the next day.

Jay G. Underwood fell on the ice Friday, and tore the ligaments from his lower rib. He was in Jenneville on his route near frank Norman’s where his car slewed dangerously and almost went over a bank. In shoveling some dirt under the wheels, he slipped and hurt his side. he managed to get home, and has been confined to the house since.

Take care everyone!!

Reprinted from the Vermont Standard, 2012, “Historically Speaking” by Carol Mowry.

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