100 Years Ago in Suffield

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Selected from the pages of the Windsor Locks Journal and lightly annotated by Town Historian Lester Smith.

December 6

A large touring car ran into an electric light pole at the corner of South Main street and Kent avenue Sunday morning tearing off the right rear wheel, smashing the top and windshield and badly damaging the body of the car.  . . . on their way from Worcester, Mass., to Bridgeport . . . None of the occupants were injured. 

A series of revival meetings are being held at the Third Baptist church . . . The object of the meetings is to give the people a higher conception of Christianity and to win souls.

December 13

There was a large attendance at the chicken pie supper, last night, given by the Holy Name Society of the Sacred Heart church in the gymnasium of the Suffield School.  . . .  A fish pond at one side of the room was the center of attraction for the young folks, and a fortune teller did a considerable business.

The United States Department of Agriculture has recently issued farmer’s bulletin No. 996, on steam sterilization of seed beds for tobacco and other crops.  

Over two hundred attended the barn dance held in the barn of George Adams [of West Suffield] last Saturday evening.  Music was furnished by Hastings’ orchestra and John Fitzgerald prompted. 

December 20

The annual meeting of Suffield Banner Fountain, order of True Reformers, took place Wednesday evening at the Third Baptist church . . .

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sikes have closed their home in Mapleton and gone to California for the winter.  

December 27

[From the Springfield Union, about Suffield School, a.k.a. C L. I., now Suffield Academy:] The school maintains a large farm, (has to feed 140 people), is proud of the dairy of eight cows, and finds that the 500 chickens and 20 pigs come in handy. 

January 3

The annual meeting of the Suffield farmers’ mutual fire insurance company was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Union hall.  . . . there was about $250,000 insurance in force at the present time.

January 10

The work of remodeling the rooms on the south side of the town building has been completed and presents a very attractive appearance.  The probate office has been arranged with about the same amount of floor space and makes an office that any town might be proud of.  . . . North of the probate office is the selectmen’s office, something the town has needed for a good many years.  It gives the selectmen a place to talk over town business without interruption and makes it seem more business-like.  The town clerk’s office has been made a trifle smaller to make room for the other improvements, but as the long counter has been replaced with a modern desk, which is separated from the office by a neat railing, the room seems larger than before.  

Thomas O’Malley has returned to Fordham University after spending his vacation here.

January 17

Frank L. Harvey has purchased the farm near Wood’s station of the Andrew Tracy estate at a price reported to be between $10,000 and $11,000.  The purchase includes the house and all the buildings.

January 24

Joseph and Steve Oswouski, who were in a fight New Year’s night at the home of Carney Rogers on South Main Street, in which Rogers was beaten up, were tried last Saturday before Judge Joseph Barr.  Joseph was fined $25 for assault and $7 for breach of the peace and Steve was fined $7 for breach of the peace, besides the cost of the court, which amounted to $60.85, which they paid.

Ward Spaulding has returned from Alabama, where he has been employed for several months with the Fred T. Ley Co., in the construction of concrete ships.

January 31

The assessors have finished their work and the abstracts are ready for the board of relief which will hold its first meeting Saturday.  . . . The total grand list is $6,017,871.  [Among the listed items were: 914 dwelling houses, 1829 barns, sheds, garages, etc., 452 automobiles.]

John and Richard Adams have gone to Illinois for a [RR] carload of horses.

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