February 25: Middletown 366


Fatal Ithaca Typhoid

Special to The Leader.

Middletown, Conn., Feb. 25.–Louis Hubbard, aged 22, a sophomore in Cornell University, died at his home here to-day of typhoid fever. He was the son of Robert P. Hubbard, former selectman, and came home ill two weeks ago. — From The Allentown Daily Leader (Allentown, Pa.), Feb. 25, 1903.


Rector Prefers Bad Boys For Sunday School Pupils

Connecticut Pastor Says There is More Hope of Making a Good Citizen of Him Than His Opposite.

Middletown, Conn., Feb. 25.–The Rev. George B. Gilbert, rector of Christ’s Episcopal church in this city, has been making a study of the boy problem and announces that there is really more hope of developing the typical bad boy than the typical good boy into a useful citizen.

Mr. Gilbert prefers bad boys for Sunday school pupils and the more devilry they display the more hope he has of them.

It was announced today that he has rented a fifty acre farm, bordering on a small lake, and will turn it into a practical plant for making bad boys into useful citizens.– From The Chicago Daily Tribune, Feb. 26, 1910.


February 10: Middletown 366


First Meeting House Built

First Meeting House commemorative envelope


Girl Freshies to Carry Canes

(Special to The World.)

Middletown, Conn., Feb. 10.–The freshmen girls at Wesleyan College [sic] have decided to carry class canes, and will promenade with them on Washington’s Birthday. The stick will be of malacca, studded with silver nails, with a silver plate bearing the name of the owner and the class.”– From The World (New York, NY), Feb. 11, 1894.

Read more about Wesleyan’s early experiment in co-education: http://www.wesleyan.edu/fgss/firstwomen.html

1895: Industrial Wood Yard

Baptist Church 1909

On this day in 1895, Baptist Church clergy urged parishioners to support its new Industrial  Wood Yard, a mission sponsored by the church to provide employment, food and lodging to men in need.  Pastor P.F. Jernagan asked for funds to build an outdoor shed on church property where workers could split and saw wood that would be sold by the barrel.  Launched at the start of the new year, the work project had employed 10 men at the rate of 9 cents an hour in its first four days of operation.  An additional 20 job seekers were turned away.  The mission’s goal was to provide work to anyone who was deserving “no matter what their color, religion or nationality.”

Story contributed by Marnie Goodman.