1888: Mr. Graham Knocked Out

Defeated by Lines of Meriden.

The Fight For the Congressional Nomination Settled on the First Ballot–Hard Work Done by the Ex-Mayor of Meriden and His Friends Brings About the Result.

map1874-2Middletown, Conn., Sept. 26.–It has been a long time since Middletown contained such an army of politicians as marched upon her lunch counters, 110 strong, today. They came from all over the Second Congressional district and they were very hungry. The atmosphere outside was raw and cold; in the corridors of the McDonough house it was hot, stifling and thick with tobacco smoke. The early trains unloaded crowds of delegates, and they had the entire morning to fight it out at the hotel.

Everywhere it was Lines versus Graham and Graham versus Lines. There was, strange as it may seem, Editor Graham, of the Meriden Republican, backing Lines and a rural delegate names Lines backing Graham. Some of the politicians who came up last night to do what they could toward corraling the early worm, found that Middletown is a Lines hotbed. Graham sprouts didn’t flourish here. But when New Haven was heard from it was found that the big city, with its great overpowering democratic majority, favored the man from the little town of Orange. The delegates from New Haven were prepared to wipe the floor with Lines men. Police Commissioner Herbert E. Benton and Judge Rufus S. Pickett, who got here in advance of the main guard, were doing all they could to favor Senator Graham’s candidacy. Julius C. Cable and William P. Niles, the attorneys, also came up to see the fun and drop in a word here and there for the New Haveners’ choice. H. C. Newton was another lawyer who was seen buzzing a good many delegates.

The anti-convention fight was warm. A perfect avalanche of words streamed through the corridors of he McDonough house and ran into little torrents through the barber shop and billiard room. Two delegates would meet, challenge each other for a joint debate, throw down the issues, a crowd would collect around them and wade up to the waist in imaginary gore until they became faint from loss of breath, when they would make a break for the back room and partake of liquid refreshment together. One of the heavy hitters in the whole grant prize ring was M. A. Sullivan of Meriden. Mr. Sullivan is the man who went to New Haven a few days ago to secure the indorsement of the Trades Council for H. Wales Lines. It was charged by a very respectable labor man that Mr. Sullivan brought a powerful argument to bear upon his fellow laboring men. Mr. Sullivan indignantly denies this charge. He told a great many delegates that he had never received a dollar from Mr. Lines or any of his friends, and that he never did anything but sound the sentiment of the organized labor element of New Haven. He went to Naugatuck Valley and he said that everywhere he found that organized labor was in favor of Ex-Mayor Lines. He claimed that Mr. Lines would, if nominated, receive over 1,000 labor votes. He pointed to this week’s Naugatuck Agitator in which H. C. Baldwin comes out strongly in favor of Mr. Lines. He also pointed out the fact that the brick layers of Middletown of whom there are 47, formed recently a republican club for the purpose of booming the candidacy of H. Wales Lines. Forty bricklayers joined the club, and out of these, he said, twenty were democrats. According to Mr. Sullivan there was a popular whirlwind of excitement among the laboring men of the district in favor of his favorite.

On the other hand Commissioner Benton advised that Mr. Graham could poll a big democratic vote in New Haven, and showed facts and figures as he claimed, to back up his assertions. One thing about the discussion was that the Lines men had never heard of this man Graham before and the Graham men wanted to know who in thunder Lines was anyhow. There will have to be a lot of introducing done after the convention.

None of the delegates before the convention cared to risk any assertions as to the strength of their favorite on the first ballot. But it was pretty evident that Lines had done the most work. He had been doing the canvassing, while Graham had been allowing his boom to do its own inflating. Lines has had men in Middlesex county for a week, and has made himself very solid with Mr. Coffin’s friends. He has also scoured the Naugatuck Valley and apparently has captured the labor leaders. His friends claimed some 66 or 67 votes on the first ballot.

The convention met in Armory hall promptly at 12 o’clock. David B. Hamilton, of Waterbury, a member of the congressional committee, called the convention to order. Adjutant General F. P. Camp, of Middletown, was made temporary chairman, W. H. Newton, of Wallingford, being the secretary elected. E. T. Turner, of Waterbury, Edward Douglas, of Middletown, and C. E. Thompson, of Orange, were chosen a committee on credentials. The temporary organization was made permanent.

J. P. Platt of Meriden, E. E. Johnson of East Haddam, H. E. Benton of New Haven, H. G. Newton of Durham and Willard Eddy of Haddam were the committee on resolutions. During the recess while the committee on credentials was out printed tickets as follows were distributed among the delegates:

For Congressman–H. Wales Lines of Meriden.

Editor Graham had half a bushel of them in his pockets.

The report of the committee on credentials was accepted without further reading.

Without further ado James P. Platt of Meriden, a son of Senator Platt, made a short speech, placing in nomination H. Wales Lines of Meriden. The nomination was seconded by D. C. Hamilton of Waterbury.

On behalf of Senator Graham Clarence E. Thompson of Orange placed his name before the convention. Herbert E. Benton seconded the nomination, claiming that his favorite could run well in New Haven, which he termed the […] scab of the district. E. M. Judd of Wallingford let loose another flood of oratory in behalf of Mr. Lines.

The resolutions adopted were:

The representatives of the republican party of the second congressional district in convention assembled earnestly approving of the platform adopted by the national and state conventions of the party and heartily endorsing the candidates named by those conventions and believing that the prosperity and general welfare of the people of the district in common with that of the people of the whole country is to a great degree involved in the political campaign now pending, do hereby resolve:

First. That no man who acknowledges his sympathy with the free trade tendency of the democratic party as exemplified in the President’s message to congress last December, and in the so-called Mills bill and who is not uncompromisingly in favor of the principle of protection to American industries and American labor ought to represent this district in congress.

Second. That the interests of the people of this district and state demand a continuation of tariff protection from the evil effects of competition with the under-paid labor of foreign  countries in harmony with the legislation of our state enacted by the republican legislature of 1880, by which the people of all trades and occupations are protected form ruinous competition with under-paid prison labor.

Third. That the renomination by the democratic party of a candidate for congress at the instigation of the leading federal official of the district, brought about as it was by open and flagrant violations of the principles of civil service reform, demands and should receive emphatic condemnation at the ballot box.

Fourth. That in the person of * * * the voters of this district are presented with a candidate who peculiarly represents the interests of the wage earners, who can be relied on as a faithful and study supporter of the principle of protection to home industry, and whose election will afford an ample guarantee that the interests of the district generally will be ably, honestly and conscientiously cared for in the national house of representatives.

Judge Rufus S. Pickett further urged the convention to nominate Senator Graham. He said that the Irish democratic voters were disgruntled in New Haven and claimed that the six-foot-two free trader of Middlesex county as he called Mr. Wilcox would be defeated if Mr. Graham were nominated. The convention was letting itself loose in floods of oratory. Edward Douglas of Middletown advocated H. Wales Lines. Willis Bonner, the colored delegate from New Haven, brought down that house by saying that while men differed in their tastes, some preferring white bread and some rye bread, he preferred Graham bread every time.

The convention then proceeded to take an informal ballot. The delegates deposited their ballots in a hat at the chairman’s desk, voting as their names were called.

The ballot resulted as follows:

Lines of Meriden …………………….. 53

Graham of Orange ………………….. 43

The nomination of Lines was made unanimous on motion of H. E. Benton.

From the New Haven Register (New Haven, Connecticut), Wednesday, September 26, 1888.

1872: Liquor Licenses

The vote on granting licenses resulted last Saturday as follows. Whole 590; in favor of license 342; against, 245. The following is the resolution on which the vote was taken.

Voted, That we consider it inexpedient to cast any obstacle in the way of the law passed at the last session of the General Assembly for licensing the sale of spirituous and intoxicating liquors, and that we therefore refuse to give any instruction to the selectmen of this town in reference to recommending suitable and proper persons to the county commissioners, for being licensed for the sale of liquor in accordance with the provisions of said statute.

The county commissioners met to day (Monday) to grant licenses. A large number of persons were present, and the selectmen who were also in session were prepared to recommend several new ones.

The commissioners, however, acting under the impression that no recommendations were legal until two weeks after the 15th of September, decided to adjourn until next Monday. They recommend, however, that no prosecutions be made against persons who have made proper application.

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The selectmen have approved of the following persons to sell liquor:

John R. Pitt, of the Armory House; John S. Dickinson of the McDonough House, and also of the Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Hotel; Thomas Furniss, of the Air Line House; Walsh & Lawton, Patrick Dorsey, (wholesale dealer), John Kinsella, Bliss & Vinal, Patrick Ryan, A. G. & R. A. Pease, D. B. Buck, Hugh Gilshenan, Tracy & Nolan, and Orrin Hulse. The latter application was not filed until September 6, and was acted upon by mistake. There were fourteen other applications which have been filed for two weeks that the selectmen did not approve, viz: Thomas G. Collins, Joseph Crosley, E. W. Knowles, John Crosley, Thomas Quarmley, William Ashton, Matthew L. Wheelan, Charles Oldach, Fred A. Fuller, Michael J. Doherty, Michael J. Linnehan, and George Dutting. The total number filed is sixty-one, and “still they come.” The following have been added since the list was published: Edmund Smith, Andrew F. Parker, Theodore Rest, Young & Camp, Johanna Mather and Bryan Kelley, The names approved were handed to the county commissioners in the afternoon.

Chatham Heard From!

Chatham voted on Wednesday against granting licenses. The vote stood 104 against, and 8 in favor. The rumsellers, it is said, voted in a body against it, on the ground that one or two would be licensed only. Chatham takes the lead.

From The Constitution (Middletown, Connecticut), Wednesday, September 25, 1872.
Temperence ticket, early 1870s
Temperence ticket, early 1870s

SPECIAL! Confession of Hall, the Murderer of Mrs. Bacon

Note: This is a graphic account of the murder and may be disturbing to some people.

From The Republican Farmer, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Tuesday, March 26, 1844:

The Middletown Sentinel of the 20th inst. gives a report of the trial of Lucien Hall, W. H. Bell, and Bethuel Roberts for the murder of Mrs. Lavinia Bacon, wife of Mr. Ebenezer Bacon, of Westfield, in Sept. last. The trial commenced before the Superior Court at Middletown, on Tuesday, the 12th–Williams, Chief Justice, and Storrs, Justice, presiding. The Jury having been sworn, Mr. Tyler opened the case, and some 40 odd witnesses were examined. On Saturday morning, Mr. Hall, being overwhelmed with a sense of his condition, changed his plea of not guilty to guilty, and declared himself the sole murderer. He declared that Bell and Roberts had no part or lot in the fatal transaction; told where the money stolen at the time was deposited, and it was found in the identical places he mentioned, and brought into court. The innocence of Bell and Roberts being clearly shown, they were acquitted by the Jury, when Judge Williams, in an appropriate address to Hall, sentenced him to be hung on Thursday, the 20th of June next.

Hall’s Confession.

About the middle of the week, before the murder of Mrs. Lavinia Bacon, I first resolved to go to Eben’r. Bacon’s to commit a theft. I knew he was a man of property, and would probably have money; but I did not know of his having any particular sum at the time. I knew that Mr. Bacon’s family were in the habit of going to meeting, and on the evening of Saturday, the 23d of September last, I resolved to go to Mr. Bacon’s the next day, if it was pleasant. No person ever spoke to me about it, nor did I speak to any one. On Sunday morning, the 24th Sept., I got up and milked and did other chores. Oakham Peck, my wife’s brother stayed with me the night before. In the morning, after breakfast, he asked me if I would take a walk up part of the way with him. He was going to Kensington. I think I told him I thought of going another way. Before this conversation, I had killed a fowl in the door yard, by cutting off its head. I think I had on no coat. I then had on my old clothes.–After Mr. Peck had left, I began to get ready to go away. My wife wanted to know where I was going. I refused to tell her; she remonstrated with me against going, and wanted I should go to church with her.

I went away about 9 o’clock. I had on a green coat, satinet pants, worsted vest and bombazine stock, the same that were exhibited in Court as having blood upon them. [Hall here tells the route he took through the lots and woods, to escape observation, until he reached the premises of Mr. Bacon, which he thinks was about 11 o’clk.]

I stopped two or three minutes at the barn in sight of the house. I saw no smoke coming from the chimney, and the door of the ell part of the house was shut, which made me suppose the family had gone to meeting. I then went into the west yard, opposite the ell part of the house, and got into a window of the ell part, which was up. Then I went east into the kitchen, and from there into the S. W. room. There was no person in either room and I heard no one in the house. I saw the desk in the front room from the kitchen, the door being open between. I then went to the desk. It was unlocked. I had opened the desk, and was getting the money when Mrs. Bacon came in. I did not hear her till she came in at the door. She came in at the kitchen door, the same one I did.–I do not know where she had been. She came up towards me. She had nothing in her hand. She first spoke, and I think she said, “Is this you, Mr. Hall?” I think I said, “I will kill you,” and I caught up a chair. She said, “you’re not going to kill me are you?” and she took up a chair to defend herself. She screamed loud two or three times. I think she said, “Don’t kill me.” She retreated towards the kitchen door. I struck with the chair I held, and either knocked the rocking chair out of her hands or she let it fall. She then turned to run into the kitchen. I should think I then hit her with the chair on the back of the head, and that knocked her down. She got part way up, and I knocked her down again. The blow was on the side of the head. I think she did not get up again, but continued to groan. I should think she rolled over on her back. The spot of blood nearest the door must be where she first fell. The next blow I gave, was on her forehead. I should think this blow split the bottom of the chair. I then took another chair and struck her a number of times on her head–it might be three or four. I thought I still saw signs of life, and I went into the buttery and got the butcher knife that was found on the floor. I did this to make sure she was dead. I came back and stabbed her several times in the breast and stomach. I thought she breathed her last after the first stab. I then went back to the desk and finished getting the money.

It was during the struggle that I cut my hand. It was with my own knife which I had open when I came into the house. I had been using it to cut and whittle the cane. My knife, I recollect, fell on the floor, and I picked it up before I went away, thinking it might be found and betray me.

After the murder, and before I went back to the desk, I went to the front door to see if any body was coming.

When I first went into the house, I laid the cane on a chair in the kitchen, near the door leading into the room, and I forgot to take it when I went away. I had gone some ways before I remembered the cane, and then I was afraid to go back after it.–I went back to Meriden as fast as I could. I took off my coat and carried it on my arm, a part of the way. I stopped at Fall Brook, and washed some of the blood off my coat and pantaloons. I did not wash my bosom; there was no blood on it.

I returned by the same route I came, till I was opposite Mr. Baldwin’s and then went through the lots north of the road to the woods east of Mr. Thrall’s barn.

I should think I got back to the barn 10 or 15 minutes past one.

I hid the money in the barn, all except six dollars, which I hid in the garret of Mr. Thrall’s house. I went to church in the afternoon. I stopped at the Congregational church, because it was the nearest, and I was afraid I should be too late at the other church.

I never told my wife of this transaction, or gave her the slightest reason to suspect any thing about it; but I have always declared myself innocent to her, nor did I ever communicate it to any person till yesterday, when I first mentioned it to my counsel.

No person participated in the crime, except myself. Bell and Roberts are perfectly innocent. I did not see either of them that day. My acquaintance with Bell was very slight, and I had not spoken to Roberts, as I recollect, but once in eight years.

I have nothing more to say, except that I never intended to do any thing more than to get some money when I first went to the house of Mr. Bacon; and that the only motive I had to do the murder was to escape detection, because I knew that I was recognized by Mrs. Bacon.

I have been induced to make this confession, at the suggestion of my counsel, that it was my duty, if guilty, to exculpate the innocent men who were accused with me; and because this is the only atonement I have in my power to make to them and to Mr. Bacon and his family, for all they have suffered on my account.

LUCIEN HALL.

Middletown, March 15th, 1844.

This confession of Lucien Hall was made in our presence, and having been reduced to writing, was signed by him on the day and year above named.

CHAS. C. TYLER, States Attorney.

E. A. BULKELEY, ELIHU SPENCE, Council for the prisoner, Hall.


Lucien Hall was duly hanged on June 20th, 1844.

There are two E. Bacon’s on this 1874 map of Middletown, indicated by the blue arrows. Ebenezer Bacon remarried after his wife Lavinia’s murder, and lived until 1881.

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1843: A Horrid Murder!

Was committed in Westfield Society, in this town, this afternoon, on the person of Mrs. Bacon, wife of Mr. Eben Bacon, one of the most respectable farmers of this place.

It is supposed to have been committed between the hours of one and two o’clock. When the family returned from meeting, she was found on the floor with one eye torn out, a gash across the forehead, with her skull broken in. She undoubtedly defended herself, as a chair was found broken to pieces near her, and a knife. She was lifeless.–The house was robbed of the money it contained. It is hoped that every friend to justice and humanity will exert himself to the utmost to discover the perpetrators of one of the most daring murders ever committed in this State.

Middletown, Sept. 24, 1843.

From the Daily Times of Monday.

A man was arrested in this city to-day, and examined on suspicion of his having committed the murder in Middletown yesterday. His story was contradictory, but there was not sufficient evidence against him to warrant his detention, and he was accordingly discharged. The murder was one of the most cold-blooded affairs we ever heard of. Such cases do not occur often in New England. We hear sometimes of a murder committed under the excitement of passion, in quarrels, &c., but not for plunder merely. The murderers will assuredly meet with justice–they cannot, in all probability, go unpunished.

We learn by a slip brought by the cars this afternoon, that two foreign peddlers were arrested in New Haven this morning. It is supposed from various circumstances that they are the murderers.

A store was broken open and robbed in Meriden on Friday night last, and two peddlers, probably the same who are now arrested, were suspected. They were seen about there during the day.

Intense excitement prevailed in Middletown and Meriden this morning. The persons arrested are about 40 years of age, and have been peddling razors on the road from Meriden, Middletown, &c.

Tuesday.–The two men arrested in New Haven, have been examined and discharged.

Wednesday.–Two men named Bell and Roberts, have been arrested in Middletown. They resided near Middletown, and it is believed they are guilty.

We learn by the driver of the Middletown stage of Thursday, that the persons arrested had not been examined when the stage left. The people were active in searching for facts, but nothing new had transpired.

From The Times (Hartford, Connecticut), Saturday, September 30, 1843.

 

1910: Infant Paralysis Closes the Public Schools

Board of Education in Middletown, Conn., Forced to Take Action, Despite Advice of Physicians.

MANY PARENTS SEND CHILDREN FROM CITY

Students Die, and If Those Now Ill of the Disease Recover It Is Feared That They Will Be Cripples For Life.

Middletown, Conn., Sept. 23.–Opposing the action of local physicians, who at a meeting yesterday advised against closing the city schools, the local Board of Education at a special meeting this afternoon voted unanimously to close the schools until further notice. This action was the result of the widespread alarm in the community over the prevalence of infantile paralysis.

Despite the efforts of physicians and others to allay the fears of parents and children, twenty-five per cent of the pupils in the city schools failed to put in an appearance at the school sessions today. Many parents sent their children out of the city.

Officers of the North Congregational Church, who were to hold a big Sunday school rally this week, decided to call off all meetings. The school buildings are to be fumigated and arrangements are being made to [improve] conditions at the Middletown High School, where the pupils have been obliged to use a common towel, drink from a common drinking cup and use unsanitary plumbing arrangements.

Two girls students at the high school, both members of the senior class, died and a child of W. S. McIntyde, assistant principal of the school, was stricken with the disease. Four new patients were reported today. Physicians say that some of the patients, should they recover, will be cripples for life.

In an effort to quiet the fears of residents a statement was issued by the local and county health officers today in which it was said that in the opinion of experts the disease is not contagious.

From the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), Saturday, September 24, 1910.

 

 

1874: Local Items

We have been requested to ask when the police commissioners are going to examine into the complaint of the city treasurer against policeman Raymond.

The new city clock will be put up in about three weeks from the present date. It is being made by Messrs. E. Howard & Co., of Boston, who are among the largest clock manufacturers in the country.

Town taxes must be paid this month to avoid the additional one per cent per month. Collector Leonard can be found at 68 Main street every Friday and Saturday.

Prof. J. C. Van Benschoten of this city will read his paper on “Schlieman’s Investigations at Troy,” which was read before the American Theological Society, at Hartford, last August, this evening, at Judd Hall, Wesleyan University, before the Scientific Association.

Sulphur vapor baths can be had on application at No. 11 Hamlin street.

The eminent and well known comedian Mr. Stoddart, will appear at McDonough Hall, Tuesday evening, Sept 29th, in his unexcelled impersonations of Michael Garner in the new comedy drama, entitled “Dearer than Life,” supported by a good company. Tickets can be had at popular prices.

Charles Gilbert, who murdered Cadwell in New Britain several years ago, has been decided by a council of physicians to be insane, and has been removed from the state prison at Wethersfield to the hospital in this city.

The supreme court of the state having decided the Chester depot case to the extent that the action of the railroad commissioners in approving of the abolition of the depot was correct, but was not legal in affixing a proviso relating to a highway, the whole matter is to be reopened, and the Valley road, yesterday, through its president, J. C. Walkley, applied for a hearing, which was ordered for October 22d, a month’s notice being necessary for adverse parties.

The Hartford papers still claim that the police of that city did all the work of capturing the thief who stole Mr. Cole’s horse. All we have to say is that if this is a fair exhibition of their skill and shrewdness, the Hartford people have precious little to boast of in their police department. It is so small that it needs puffing by their city papers in order to have the public see it at all. If the officers had done their duty, as they should, why has Officer Packard sent down word by a friend, to have the Middletown correspondent keep quiet over the matter? Why? Notwithstanding their denial, a full description of the thief, horse and buggy was sent them at the time, and yet it had been in their city all the time, driven about the streets, and they not able to detect it. No wonder they feel ashamed over it. For ourselves, we have no wish to trouble or molest the Hartford police department. We have said what we have, because it was so apparent in this case, that the police of that city were “wholly on the make,” not caring from which side the money came. If the Hartford people or papers are satisfied with such transactions, well and good, only do not boast of it.

From The Daily Constitution (Middletown, Connecticut), Tuesday, September 22, 1874.

 

1901: Further Talk of Plots

A Connecticut Lawyer Gives Information to Secret Service Men.

Middletown, Conn., Sept. 21.–Eugene Culver, an attorney of this city, has placed in the hands of the Secret Service officers at Washington, D. C., all the facts that have been given to him regarding a plot to assassinate McKinley here last June had he visited Wesleyan University then, as was planned.

The news leaked out through a drunken man’s talk in a saloon. This man, whose name is Cyzak, or something like it, came here, it is said, from Paterson, N. J., several months ago. He was seen by his fellow-workmen to be very jubilant when news was received of the shooting of the President. He and his companions acknowledge that they are anarchists. What Cyzak said was this:

“I’m glad McKinley is dead. He would have been killed here last June; I know that, for all plans had been made.”

The shooting was to have been done at the parade or at the reception. When asked where plans were made, he replied not here, but elsewhere. Then he seemed to realize that he had said too much and he got out of sight as soon as possible and has not been seen since.

George Coles, a New York school book agent, came here yesterday on business. He notified the prosecuting attorney that a resident of South Farms told him that he had heard a man say he would as soon shoot Roosevelt or any other ruler as he would a skunk. This man was a Pole. Mr. Coles stated that he was positive that the man had made this threat.

From The Washington Times (Washington, D. C.), Sunday, September 22, 1901.

1779: Schooner Eagle Captured

The Connecticut Privateer schooner Eagle was commissioned under David Brooks of Chatham, Connecticut on May 28, 1779. The schooner had a crew of forty-five men, including many from Middletown. The first lieutenant was Shubael Brainerd.

On September 20, 1779, HM Frigate Daphne led by Captain St. John Chinnery captured the Eagle. The Eagle was then sent into New York and the crew of forty-four men aboard was turned over to prison ships at New York on October 2, 1779. The schooner was condemned later that same year.

Story contributed by Kimberly Singh.

1906: The Annual Reunion of the 24th Conn. …

General Samuel Mather Mansfield
General S. M. Mansfield

… was held at Middletown, Conn., Sept. 19, with about 50 members of the regiment present. The old officers were re-elected: Gen. S. M. Mansfield, of Boston, Mass., permanent President; Lieut. A. H. Conklin, of East Hampton, acting President, and George N. Moses, of New Haven, Secretary and Treasurer. It was voted to hold the next Reunion in Middletown. The regiment did excellent service and has a fine record. There are about 149 of its original members living today. Seven deaths since the last meeting were reported.

From The National Tribune (Washington, D. C.), Dec. 6, 1906.

1898: The Boat Was Upset

Three Persons Drowned in the Connecticut River Off Moramus

Middletown, Conn., Sept. 18.–Three persons were drowned in the Connecticut river off Moramus this afternoon, the victims being Patrick Kelly, aged 25; William Kelly, aged 24, and William Gorman, aged 18. Three young men with John Hines rowed up from Moramus this morning to attend services at St. John’s church in this city. They were on their return and had almost reached home, when a sudden squall came up and in the storm the boat was upset. The accident occurred in sight of Gorman’s home and was witnessed by members of the family. As soon as possible a party went out to assist the men, but they had all disappeared except Hines, who was picked up exhausted.

From The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania), Monday, September 19, 1898.