100 Years Ago in Suffield

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Selected from the pages of the Windsor Locks Journal and lightly annotated by Wendy Taylor of Kent Memorial Library.

 June 6

The Hartford & Springfield Street Railway Co. took over the lease of the line of the Suffield Street Railway Co. Sunday and the plan seems to be a success from every standpoint. The cars make good connections at Spencer’s corner [Kent Avenue] and the usual wait there with Riverside crowds is done away with and that neighborhood is much quieter.

An exceptional spell of June weather Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week made life uncomfortable for everyone who had to sit about. The crops, however, have made great headway and are well advanced for this season of the year. Some tobacco growers lost plants that were set out Wednesday morning, the hot sun burning them, so that they had to be re-set. The transplanting is late, but with good weather tobacco will catch up and be ready for the buyers.

A Ford truck bumped into a maple tree at Spencer’s corner Wednesday afternoon and was temporarily put out of commission. The driver very considerately steered clear of Mr. Spencer’s garden fence which had just been repaired after the last accident. There is a golden opportunity for some one to locate a repair shop near that corner and catch the business while it is fresh.

The track team at the Suffield School, which won the Colgate interscholastic track meet Saturday at Hamilton, N. Y., brought back with them Monday a large silver, gold-lined loving cup.

J. H. Day and Joseph Claudell spent Memorial Day at Congamond fishing. It is reported that there was an argument over the division of the catch, but the gentlemen compromised by feeding it to the cat.

June 13

Hugh Biggerstaff, aged 45 years, died at his home…He was born in Drumora, county Down, Ireland, January 1, 1874. He came to this country in 1893 and settled in Suffield on a farm in Hastings Hill. [At the end of Russell Avenue]

Miss Helen Andrus Bell and Clarence Andrews of the medical department of the United States army, now stationed at New York city, were married at the Congregational parsonage.

A campaign for money for the suffrage movement is being conducted in this town. The money is to be used for teaching “Americanism.”

On Thursday evening, June 19th, the Ladies’ Wide Awake club and the [West Suffield] Village Improvement Society will give a supper and dance in Academy hall.

June 20

The procession of automobiles through this town is increasing in numbers every day and accidents are becoming more and more frequent. . . . Residents of the town are fully as liable to be as careless in the matter of speed as the outsiders and it is hoped that they will not set bad examples for out of town drivers. Now-a-days it is nothing unusual to see from twenty to thirty automobiles parked along the curbs at the center of the town on pleasant evenings, and on Saturday night there is usually a line of cars on the park. It is estimated that between forty and fifty new cars have been purchased in this town this summer, and that the total number of cars now owned in this place is well over 400.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton aired their family troubles before Justice H. D. Sikes Wednesday morning. After listening to the evidence Justice Sikes fined Hamilton on several counts, the fines and costs amounting to $45.00.

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