1888: New Dairy Methods

Middletown, Conn., Jan. 27.–A notable change in the methods of Connecticut dairy farming is going on in the establishments throughout the state of a large number of creameries for the manufacture of butter. In nearly every community the farmers have co-operated in the formation of a creamery association, and an extensive business is conducted. Each day an agent visits the patrons of the association and collects the cream. The butter which is manufactured at the creameries is superior in many respects to that made in the old fashioned churn. The introduction of creameries has greatly increased the amount of dairy products.”– From the Evening Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania), Jan. 27, 1888.

1961: Middletown Tests Oral Polio Vaccine

Middletown, Jan. 25—(UPI) “Approximately 3,500 children ranging in age from three months to high school teenagers, took painless Sabin oral anti-polio vaccine yesterday in the state’s first program of its kind.

The remaining 6,500 school children and 3,000 to 4,000 pre-school children will be given the oral vaccine within the next few days.

The youngsters will get two more swallows of the vaccine later to complete the immunization program.

The program is being conducted in cooperation with the Yale School of Medicine.” – From The Bridgeport Post, Jan. 25, 1961.

1863: A Steam Fire Engine

Some time since the subject of a Steam Fire Engine was brought to the notice of our citizens. It received considerable attention, and we believe one would have been purchased before this but for war matters which have since engaged public attention to the exclusion of almost everything else. But the purchase of such a machine is of great importance now, especially on account of the crippled condition of our fire department. Should a fire break out some night in a central part of the city, the consequences would probably be most disastrous, for we have at present no adequate means for meeting such an emergency. Ought not such an engine to be purchased? We publish the following communication on the subject :

Editors of “The Constitution” :

Several months since, the large fire on the corner of College and Water streets demonstrated the inefficiency of our Hand Fire Engines, and the necessity of having a Steam Fire Engine, in Middletown. You, through the columns of your paper, called the attention of our citizens to this want, and endeavored to induce them to take some interest in this matter. I believe that some few did talk about it, and that some one commenced collecting statistics relative to Steam Fire Engines ; but since that we have heard nothing about it and as yet we have no machine of this kind. Is a matter of so much importance to be allowed to rest here? The past has proved to us that our city with its streets full of wooden buildings, is not sufficiently protected against fire ; and perhaps a few months more may prove it more fully. If we look back a short distance, we will see that for quite a number of years, not a winter has passed without our having a destructive fire in some part of the city. This winter we have had none, and we are not prepared for one. Many of our old firemen are off in the army, and what few are left would make a poor display, should a fire break out on Main street, or on any street where the buildings are near to each other. We need a Steam Fire Engine. I know that our expenses are great, but ought we not to endeavor to prevent their being greater by securing ourselves against loss by fire? Will not the proper authorities attend to this? We do wrong to neglect it longer.     H. W. F.

–From the Middletown Constitution, Jan. 14, 1863.