1844: Hartford and Middletown Express

We are much pleased to see that an Express has been established between this place and Middletown, for the transaction of business of every kind. Cases, bundles and packages of goods, forwarded. Notes, drafts and bills collected with promptness and despatch, and at the lowest possible rates. We were about going to Middletown a few days since on business, when a thought struck us. “Send by Express”–we went over to the office, and our business was done up, and money saved. We would advise all having business there, to “go and do likewise.”–Hartford Jour.

From the Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), Tuesday, December 10, 1844.

1823: Support Your Mechanics

A practice is very prevalent, in many towns, of neglecting too much the Mechanics of the place. Next to the farmers they are the most useful class of citizens, and yet a disposition is often felt to avoid employing them, if possible, and to withhold from them such encouragement as would enable them to be as useful as they might be, and as they ought to be. If a coat or other garment is to be made, if a pair of boots, or a saddle, bridle, or other article is to be procured, which a Mechanic in the place ought to make or furnish, it is no unusual thing to employ a mechanic at a distance, to perform the work, or to procure the article in some way which may be nominally less expensive, which in reality, considering the quality of the article, is considerably ore so than it would be if a mechanic of the place had been called upon to manufacture it.

The practice if productive of various evils. It sends from a place the money which should keep in circulation at home; it introduces a silly dependence upon the fashions of other places, or leads to the use of inferior articles, and a corresponding increase of expense; and by withholding such encouragement to mechanics, of different kinds, and of proper qualifications, as they ought to receive, there is not a sufficient number induced to settle in a place to do its necessary mending, and consequently articles are frequently thrown away as useless, where a very small sum expended upon them would render them as serviceable as those that are new.

From the Middlesex Gazette (Middletown, Connecticut), Thursday, November 6, 1823.

November 1 – Middletown 366


Quarrymen Strike

Middletown, Conn., Nov. 1.–Two hundred employees at the Brainerd quarry at Portland struck, this morning, against a reduction of wages from 22 1/2 cents per hour to 14 cents, and also a reduction of the number of hours of work from 10 to 9.

From the Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), Tuesday, November 1, 1892.


Deer Causes Damage in Hardware Store

Middletown, Conn.–(AP)–A hardware store owner says the deer that crashed through his front window and caused an estimated $1,000 worth of damage “wasn’t very neat.” Richard Smollen, owner of the┬áDreher-Smith Co., arrived at his store Saturday morning and found two 9-by-3-foot windows broken. Inside, bags of fertilizer were trampled and wall displays were broken, he said.

Although no one reported seeing the deer, Smollen said he “saw a piece of the deer’s horn and fur inside and outside the store.” Police also found blood and speculated that the animal was injured.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Monday, November 3, 1986.

1908: Overdose of Prosperity

Columbia Trust Company of Middletown, Conn., Closed by Bank Commissioners.

Middletown, Conn., Oct. 26–The Columbia Trust company of this city did not open its doors for business today, and the following explanatory notice was posted on the building:

“Upon advice of the bank commissioners, no business will be done for the present at least. Deposits received Saturday will be returned to the depositors. The company will continue to act as trustee for such estates as they have in hand.”

Bank examiners were at work today on the books of the company, and it is expected that a settlement will be made in six months.

From The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, Utah), Tuesday, October 27, 1908.

1896: Failure of a Publisher

Middletown, Conn., Oct. 12.–Owing to the objection of New York creditors to E. F. Bigelow, of Portland, continuing in business, the Portland and Middletown Tribune offices were closed to-day. This kills the Middletown Tribune, the only Republican daily in this county; the Middlesex County Record, a weekly; the Colchester Advocate, a weekly; the Wesleyan College Argus and several other church and college papers, including the Observer. Fifty hands are deprived of employment. The failure was caused by inability to make collections.

From the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), Tuesday, October 13, 1896.

1897: Wound About a Shafting

Middletown, Conn., Oct. 9.–Joseph Kelley, aged 16, was terribly injured at the factory of the Keating Wheel company Friday afternoon. While adjusting a belt his clothing was caught in a pulley. He was wound about a shafting and hurled 10 feet against a wall. He was picked up unconscious and it was found that one leg was broken in two places and he sustained frightful injuries about the head and body. His home is in Holyoke, Mass.

From The Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), Saturday, October 9, 1897.

October 4 – Middletown 366


Silver Mines in Connecticut

Dr. Frankfort, who has been working some abandoned lead mines, open at Middletown, Conn., during the revolutionary war, for the supply of bullets to our army, has found more than enough silver to pay the expenses of working the mines, thus leaving the lead obtained as clear profit. The amount of silver appears to be increasing.

From The Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), Monday, October 4, 1852.


Old Town Records Saved

Middletown, Conn.–(UPI)–Town records, dating back to 1652, have been saved for future years by John F. Pickett, city clerk, who found the old files decaying and restored them. The pages of the old record books which reveal that in the early days settlers obtained their acres by drawing lots, have been restored and the pages covered with transparent silk gauze.

From the Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada), Wednesday, October 4, 1933.

1919: Savings Bank Suspends; Pays $1.70 on the Dollar

Advance in New York Stocks Bought at Par Made Assets Valuable.

Special Correspondence.

Middletown, Conn., Sept. 30.–The Higganum Savings Bank of Higganum, Conn., announced to-day it would suspend all business as a savings institution and close out depositors accounts at approximately $1.70 on the dollar. The bank was the only one in the state paying 6 per cent interest. The directors say lack of business has caused the bank to close.

Eugene C. Burr, secretary, explained the institution had been fortunate in disposing of its securities, and that stocks in New York banks that had been purchased at par had been sold at several times the original price. In the report to the bank commissioners these had been carried at par value, with the result that the bank itself had a surplus 20 per cent over its deposits. All the stock has been disposed of by the directors and the money obtained has been invested in Liberty bonds. These bonds will be figured in the settlement of depositors accounts.

From The New-York-Tribune (New York, New York), Wednesday, October 1, 1919.


September 29 – Middletown 366


Which Stevenson?

It will be remembered that a dispatch from Middletown, Conn. recently was made public setting forth that in 1862 the Savage Arms company of that place shipped 2,000 revolvers to the Knights of the Golden Circle at Columbus, O., and that “Gen.” Stevenson was one of those who stood responsible for the arms and was recognized as the agent of the┬áK. of G. C. in the conduct of the business. The Tribune at the time of this publication suggested to the Democrats the advisability of finding out who this “Gen.” Stevenson is, and if he happens to be their “Gen.” Adlai E. Stevenson, to explain what he as a lawyer wanted of 2,000 revolvers and what he was at as an agent of that disreputable organization known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Nearly a week has elapsed and no answer has come. The Tribune, therefore, with added emphasis begs the Democrats to investigate this matter. If it were some other Stevenson they certainly should clear Adlai’s skirts, for the suspicion is a damaging one, and silence will be construed as giving consent. Adlai’s Bloomington organ should be especially alert in finding what Stevenson it was; and Adlai himself, if he can spare the time from Howling about the defunct force bill in the land of his forefathers, ought to make a categorical statement about those 2,000 revolvers, either proving that he was not the Stevenson who ordered them, or, if he were, stating why he needed such an intolerable number of revolvers in the pursuit of his duties as a lawyer. It is a serious piece of business, and time presses. Will Adlai, or some one for him, explain?

From the Chicago Daily Tribune, Thursday, September 29, 1892.


No More Rugby

On Account of a Fatality, Middletown, Conn., Boycotts That Game.

Middletown, Conn., Sept. 29.–The Athletic Association of the Middletown High School has passed a resolution that no more football games shall be played this season. Games already scheduled have been cancelled. This action is due to the death of Thomas Kelly, a member of the football team, who died at Meriden Hospital from injuries received in the game with the Meriden High School team on Saturday last. Similar action is expected on the part of the Meriden High School.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri), Sunday, October 1, 1899.

1936: Use Gas Bombs to Disperse Strikers

Middletown, Conn., Sept. 9. (AP)–State police used tear gas bombs tonight to disperse 800 strikers at the Remington-Rand, Inc., plant here after violence, dormant for several weeks, broke out anew. Four persons were slightly injured.

When the factory, where a strike began May 26, shut down for the day, strikers pelted automobiles carrying workers.

Five arrests were made. Police withheld the names.

From The Gazette and Daily (York, Pennsylvania), Thursday, September 10, 1936.