1910: M. E. Conference To Try Ministers For Mutiny

Three Young Clergymen Refused to Go to Appointments Given Them.

Church Discipline Affected.

Cases of Rebellion the First in the History of the New York East Conference.

(Special to the Eagle.)

Middletown, Conn., March 31–The dignity of the New York East Conference has been rudely disturbed by rebellion on the part of three young ministers who refused to go to appointments given them by the late Bishop Daniel A. Goodsell. District Superintendent W. W. Bowdish of the New Haven district, announced yesterday morning that the Revs. R. S. Povey, W. E. Slaght and Gustav A. Viets had not gone to Rocky Hill, Woodbury, and North Canton and Washington Hill, to which they had been sent, respectively. According to the Discipline of the church, these rebellious young preachers could be expelled. Although two of the appear to have made satisfactory explanation of their conduct they must be tried, notwithstanding. Mr. Povey has been preaching at Trinity Church, Bridgeport; Mr. Viets at Seventh street, Manhattan, and W. E. Slaght at South Farms, and also as assistant to the Rev. C. W. Flint, pastor of the conference, and the disposition of Mr. Slaght seems to have been satisfactory. But Mr. Viets, according to the district superintendent, did not do anything for some time, nor has he visited Bishop Moore nor District Superintendent Bowdish.

The cases of the young men are in the hands of a strong committee appointed by Bishop Moore, and will be thoroughly investigated, Dr. Bowdish being one of the principal witnesses. The committee is composed of F. W. Hannan, F. B. Upham, W. W. T. Duncan, J. A. MacMillan, E. A. Burnes and Dr. Bowdish. Bishop Moore will, of course, attend the hearing.

In speaking of the case Dr. Bowdish said:

“If ministers refuse to go where they are sent by the bishop, it is rebellion. Members of the conference assume an obligation to go where they are sent by the presiding bishop. This obligation is absolute and binding. The individuals have no more right to rebel than a soldier has. The Methodist Church must maintain the dignity of its discipline, and in this case the conference proposes to do so.”

Cases of rebellion in this direction are rare, and it is the first time, it is said, the New York East Conference has had a case of ministerial mutiny. Dr. Bowdish sent to the places to which the young ministers refused to go the Revs. G. A. Seymour, a graduate of Toronto and Yale universities, who is to be admitted to the conference this year; W. W. Winans and S. H. Bray. The Rev. R. S. Povey is well known in Brooklyn, having been pastor of the Herkimer Street Church and previous to that assistant to the Rev. Dr. A. W. Byrt at the Warren Street Church.

The Rev. Dr. Henry Baker, who resigned the pastorate of the Patchogue Church for a year of recuperation, although much better, will retire this year. He will ask for a superannuated relation. The Rev. Ira W. Henderson, who has served a year at Patchogue, has been invited back. He made a fine record.

The Rev. Dr. Willey, pastor of St. Mark’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Ocean avenue and Beverley road, Flatbush, has rested his case in the hands of Bishop Moore. Dr. Willey received a call to the First M. E. Church, Baltimore, the home of his boyhood, and an exchange was thought of by bringing the Rev. B. Frank Rall of that church to St. Mark’s. The committee from St. Mark’s went to Baltimore, but decided not to invite Mr. Rall to Brooklyn. At a full meeting of the official board of St. Mark’s Church, Dr. Willey told the members that nothing would induce him to leave St. Mark’s, which, to him, was the best church in Methodism, but the condition of his throat, he having some bronchial trouble. He would return to St. Mark’s notwithstanding, he said, if the bishop did not desire otherwise.

When District Superintendent James S. Chadwick of the Brooklyn North District finished his report and the bishop called the roll, the characters of all the ministers in the district were passed by Dr. Bowdish answering “Nothing against him” as each minister was named. This included the Rev. Dudley O. Osterheld of Ozone Park, against whom his wife brought suit for cruel and inhuman treatment, etc., which was fully published at the time Justice Garrotson rendered a decision in favor of the minister a week or so ago.

A memorial service was held at yesterday afternoon’s session. Bishop Moore presided, while the memoir of Bishop Daniel A. Goodsell was read by the Rev. Dr. George P. Mains of the Methodist Book Concern. Dr. Mains recalled the life of the bishop and said he was not only a large man in point of physique, but large of soul, and then went largely into a biographical sketch.

The Rev. Thomas L. Price of Epworth Church, Brooklyn, presided over the rest of the service. The memoir of the Rev. Dr. Charles H. Buck was read by the Rev. Dr. William V. Kelley, who also read a tribute to the Rev. A. H. Wyatt. The Rev. James A. MacMillan read the memoir of the Rev. George C. Boswell, the Rev. Dr. W. P.  Estes that of the Rev. Lemuel Richardson and the Rev. E. A. Dent that of the Rev. George W. Allen.


1945: Major General Maurice Rose

Major General Maurice Rose

Major General Maurice Rose, the son and grandson of rabbis and born in Middletown on November 26, 1899, was the commander of the Third Armored “Spearhead” Division during World War II. On March 29, 1945 he led his troops on a 101 mile march in Germany. It was the longest one-day armored advance through enemy territory in the history of warfare. He was killed the next day by a German tank commander. The Army Reserve Center in Middletown bears his name as does the local chapter of Jewish War Veterans. On January 5, 2016 the state of Connecticut honored Rose by naming the Route 9 bridge over Union Street after him.

March 28 – Middletown 366


Buyer of House Must Return $30,000 Painting He Found

Middletown, Conn., March 28.–Albert J. Conlin of Plainville found a valuable fifteenth century painting in a house which he bought from Mrs. Ethel L. Simington, but Judge Frank P. McEvoy has ordered him to give it up.

The painting, said by experts to be “Abraham’s Sacrifice,” by Piero Della Francesco and valued at $30,000, did not go with the house, the court decided.

Found in the attic, the canvas was damaged in two places. Raphael D. Cubeddu, of New Britain, testifying as an expert, said he believed the painting had been done in Italy about 1472.

From the Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, Indiana), Monday, March 28, 1932.


Cemetery Plan Hit By Hospital Board

Middletown, Conn. (AP)– Trustees of the Connecticut Valley Hospital don’t want a veterans’ cemetery on land adjoining children’s cottages at the hospital.

At a weekend meeting, trustees arrived at the consensus that “locating a cemetery next to cottages which house mentally disturbed children is undesirable,” according to board chairman Abraham Lippman.

Lippman said Monday that Rep. William A. O’Neill, D-East Hampton, introduced a bill during the last General Assembly session that specified the site without checking with the hospital trustees. Lippman said the move showed “a lack of concern for patient care facilities and plans for the future development of new mental health programs on acreage intended for this use.”

Legislation passed during the 1971 legislative session requires the hospital trustees to transfer the land. But the trustees want the attorney general to tell them it doesn’t have to be the site near the children’s cottages.

From the Bridgeport Daily Post (Bridgeport, Conn.), Tuesday, March 28, 1972.

1897: Inventor of False Teeth Dying

Middletown, Conn., March 27.–W. Wiltshire Riley, residing at Cromwell, received probably fatal injuries last night by falling down his cellar stairs. Mr. Riley is over 89 years old. When a practicing dentist in Columbia, O., Mr. Riley invented false teeth, which has brought him in over $50,000.

From The Pittsburgh Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Sunday, March 28, 1897.


1890: Local Logic

Expressions of People Picked Up by Diligent Reporters.

I was in Middletown, Conn., not long ago, and the friend with whom I was stopping one day invited a young lady, visiting the town from California, to come in and see a new upright piano which her father had just bought her. The California girl admired the tone and ornamentation of the instrument very much. All at once, however, she exclaimed in a voice of deep distress, “but there’s no place about it to hide a pie!”– Ethel Kufferneck.

From The News (Frederick, Maryland), Wednesday, March 26, 1890.

March 25: Middletown 366


By Going Without Breakfast Some People Hope For Relief.

Middletown, Conn., has probably the most novel organization in existence. It is called the Go-Without-Your-Breakfast club, and the members are all dyspeptics. They hope by abstaining from eating breakfasts to effect a cure of the malady from which they are suffering. The theory that breakfasts are a fruitful cause for indigestion had its origin with a leading physician of Middletown. During sleep, he claims, the muscles of the stomach are resting. Gastric juice, that indispensable element for digestion, is not supplied then, nor is a sufficient quantity created in the stomach to digest a meal until nearly noon, or, rather, not until three or four hours after rising. If breakfast is eaten it is merely rolled around the stomach. Consequently the stomach ferments and produces material for discomfort in mind and body. Nature supplies only enough pepsin during 24 hours for two meals a day, and noon and evening are the proper times to eat. Accordingly, no breakfast should be eaten.

Hunger and appetite are two different sensations. Appetite can be indulged, but hunger must be satisfied. One should eat when hungry and then a good appetite will be enjoyed. The good results of this treatment are claimed to be these: Your normal weight will be gained; overfat people will lose their oppressive pounds and the lean will take on good flesh. The brain will be clearer, the nerves steadier, the muscles stronger and the spirits brighter. Brain workers and physical toilers will find that they have uniformity of ability for application. It is a remedy which does not need money or time, only some resolution and courage to break up a habit. It is not a hardship, except in imagination, for as a usual thing one is not hungry at breakfast time. If some inconvenience is experienced at first, the feeling is simply the “dying agonies of a bad habit.” Before condemning it give the cure a trial during a month. After one week, and sometimes sooner, its followers will feel themselves in better condition for all kinds of work.

In towns and communities which have been struck by the cure whole households have abandoned the old style of breakfast as soon as the family are dressed and the go-without-your-breakfast cure is declared to be the solution of the diet problem. At any rate, that is what is said by the people who have tried the cure. In Middletown, where the breakfast cure is followed with enthusiasm, the college professor and the theological student greet each other in the morning with the question:

“Did you go without your breakfast?”– Chicago Chronicle.

From The Wyandott Herald (Kansas City, Kansas), March 25, 1897.


Main and Washington Streets 1939
Corner of Main & Washington Streets, March 25, 1939.

1902: Safe Blowers in Two Post Offices

Middletown, Conn., March 24.–Burglars last night blew open safes in the postoffices at Gildersleeve and Portland. At the former place they got $20 in change and about $100 worth of stamps. At Portland the noise of the explosion aroused people, and the robbers had to flee.

From the Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pa.), March 24, 1902.

March 23 – Middletown 366


Whale Fishery

“A company has been formed at Middletown, Conn., to engage in this trade. A subscription was set on foot last week, and nearly enough immediately subscribed to purchase and fit out a large ship.” –From The Evening Post (New York, NY), Mar. 23, 1833.


Higher Prices

Middletown, Conn., Mar. 22, ’66

Messrs. Doty & Bro., Janesville, Wis.:–Gentlemen:–We regret to find that we are losing money on every washer we are selling, and are compelled to raise the price for retail to 14 to 15 dollars, family size. This may take you by surprise, but it is a fact nevertheless, a real fact, and the sooner you are prepared for it, the better. Our expenses in selling are very heavy, and lumber is very high.

Yours truly, M. W. M. & Co.,

D. Lyman, Treasurer.


Middletown, Conn. Mar. 23, ’66.

Messrs. Doty & Bro., Janesville, Wis.:–Gentlemen,–In our last, we told you we should have to raise the price of Washers to do ourselves justice. After April 1st, next, the prices must be $15 for family size, and $16 for hotel size. If you require to the 15th of April to change in your territory you can do so.

Yours truly, M. W. M. & Co.

David Lyman, Treasurer.

From The Findlay Jeffersonian (Findlay, Ohio), May 11, 1866.

March 22 – Middletown 366


Found Her Wayward Daughter.

A 19-year-old girl ran away some weeks ago from the reformatory institution in Middletown, Conn., where she had been put by her mother. Her mother heard that she had come to this city, and asked Police Commissioner MacLean to help find her.

Last night Detective Brett of the West Thirtieth street police found the fugitive in a disorderly house in West Thirty-second street. The girl was taken to Police Headquarters. She went under the name of Ada Shepard.

From The Sun (New York, N. Y.), March 22, 1892.


General Electric Business.

The General Electric contemplates resumption of work at its factory in Middletown, Conn. There is no question that the business of the General Electric is in the most satisfactory condition as far as volume is concerned.

From the Wall Street Journal, March 22, 1895.


Classified Ad

Expense, time, labor saved in freezing cream. Frozen Facts for Facilitating Fast Freezing, forwarded free. Pamphlet by a very retired crank. Autosoin Co., Middletown, Conn.

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), Sunday, March 22, 1903.