100 Years Ago in Suffield

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From the pages of the Windsor Locks Journal, selected and lightly annotated by Lester Smith, Historian of the Town and the Suffield Historical Society.

February 2

William Castlehaven, who has finished serving a term of four years and seven months at the Charlestown State Prison in Massachusetts, was brought to Suffield yesterday morning by Officer Thomas B. Coney and tried before Justice of the Peace Howard Sikes for breaking into the home of David Brockett five years ago Christmas. He was bound over until the March term of the Superior court on bonds of $500.

The new combination chemical automobile fire truck, recently ordered by the Village of Suffield for the fire department, was delivered last Saturday. The truck will be kept in the garage of H. M. Alcorn on South Main street until the alterations in the hose house on Bridge street are made for its accommodation.

February 9

The Town hall building is being equipped with new doors that open outward to comply with the laws relating to public buildings. A glass transom has been placed over the door to the main entrance, which before was a dark, gloomy place. The new doors on the post office and the town clerk’s office are of similar design and will be much appreciated.

A fine road from West Suffield to Suffield Center has been made by the road scraper [after a major snow storm] and other roads . . . were opened up the same way. In this way the roads are wide enough and good enough for automobiles.

February 16

The 20th anniversary of the organization of the Suffield Fire Department was celebrated by a banquet at the hose house on Bridge street Thursday evening. Covers were laid for seventy-five and the banquet was served by a Springfield caterer.

Frank H. Schopfer, Worcester, and Ralph E. Spaulding, doing business as Spaulding Construction Co., have filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy in the United States District court in Worcester. The liabilities amount to $28,700. There are no assets.

The selectmen have selected the following to take the military census in the town of Suffield: [Twenty-two men were named.]

The employees of Kulle’s tobacco warehouse enjoyed a sleighride to Springfield Tuesday evening. The party had supper and attended the theater, and report a most enjoyable time.

February 23

Mrs. Samuel R. Spencer will open her house Wednesdays from 9 a. m. until 5 p. m. for Red Cross work. All who are interested in this work and wish to do what they can for the American Red Cross are cordially invited to come each Wednesday and sew for as long or short a time as they can.

Speaker Healey has appointed Samuel R. Spencer of this place as chairman of the finance committee at the present session of the legislature. D. L. Brockett has been given a place on the insurance and manufactures committees. Charles L. Spencer of this place is the senate chairman of the finance committee.

Nelson Talmadge of this place, running under the colors of the Huntington School of Boston, won the 75-yard and the 300-yard dash at the Naval Militia military athletic meet at the Armory in Hartford Wednesday evening. Talmadge is making quite a name for himself in the athletic circles, as he won the School Boys’ championship of Boston last Saturday.

A telephone has been installed in the office at the [West Suffield] Center school this week and will be much appreciated by the teachers.

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