February 21 – Middletown 366


Where is Harrison Church?

(Special to News and Observer.)

Chapel Hill, N. C., Feb. 28.–Postmaster Pritchard has received a letter asking for certain information. Not being able to furnish it, he requests the publication of the letter in the News and Observer. It is as follows:

Middletown, Conn., Feb. 21, 1902.

Mr. W. H. Pritchard, Postmaster, Chapel Hill, N. C.

Dear Sir:– During the Civil War I was an inmate of Castle Thunder, Richmond, Va., I was a soldier in the Union Army and was a prisoner there during the fall and spring of 1864 and ’65, and there was a man there, a prisoner from North Carolina, by the name of Harrison Church and I would like very much to learn his address. I had it some years ago, but lost it and looking over some old memorandum I found your address, and it seems to me that Chapel Hill is in the region where Harrison Church belonged. If you can give me Church’s address, I will be very much obliged to you.

Yours truly,

Wm. I. Lewis, Post office Inspector.

From The News and Observer (Raleigh, N. C.), March 1, 1902.


Aetna Announces Move to Middletown

The Hartford Courant publishes an article entitled “Aetna Plans to Shift 25 Percent of Office Staff to Middletown.” This move is a product of a $205 million expansion by the insurance company and 3,500 Aetna employee are moved into the Middletown offices. The move to Middletown is one of the largest shifts of an insurance company out of Hartford.

Aetna Chairman John H. Filer claims that this expansion is a demonstration of Aetna’s “commitment to the area and its people.” In addition to the move, Aetna negotiates tax agreements in Middletown and Hartford during this time. It is decided that Aetna will pay forty percent of normal property taxes and fifty percent of its land taxes for a seven year period beginning in 1983. The tax agreement is rationalized in a statement by Michael Cubeta claiming that Aetna will increase the rate of employment in Middletown.

Story contributed by Kimberly Singh.

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