100 Years Ago in Suffield

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

April 2

The general committee in charge of the celebration planned for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the settlement of Suffield have held several meetings and many matters have been practically settled. Prof. Crawford of Yale College…has been commissioned to write a pageant for the celebration here.

The new moving picture machine for the Second Baptist church has arrived and will be installed next week.

The macadam road just above Fuller’s corner has broken up badly and a number of teams and trucks have been stalled there during the past few days. There is one spot that it is hard to get around without breaking through and the trolley crews have lost much time in pulling out cars and trucks.

At a recent meeting of the school board, it was voted to discontinue the school in the North District, Second Society, and the board has recommended to the selectmen that the property be sold.

April 9

Mrs. Mary McCarroll Hamilton, now living in Springfield, was divorced from Robert J. Hamilton, who lives in Suffield… [Mrs. Hamilton] charged her husband with intolerable cruelty… He had threatened to kill her at different times over a period of twenty years, and she said her husband had struck her often, so many times she could not begin to tell, and he had threatened to kill her children as well as herself.

The weather of the past few days has not been much like summer, there being flurries of snow most every day. This morning the thermometer registered 20 degrees above zero. Farmers that have prepared to sow their tobacco beds have been held up by the cold weather and many of them have been obliged to put new seed sprouting and throw away that ready to plant.

A special town meeting to see what action the town would take in regard to selling the school property in the North District, Second Society, was held Wednesday afternoon. There was not a very large attendance. A motion to leave the sale of the property in the hands of the selectmen was unanimously passed.

The public is invited to an evening of Polish music given under the auspices of the Woman’s Reading Club.

April 16

There has been some discussion about town as to the most suitable place for the proposed bronze Roll of Honor… The general opinion appears to be in favor of the public library, as that building is used more than any other of the town buildings.

Dog taxes are due and payable May 1st and on all taxes not paid upon that date an extra dollar will be assessed. At the present time only fifty-four dog owners have settled, against over 200 at the same date last year. The town officials are going to clean them all up this year, so it is wise to pay before the first of the month and save a dollar.

 E. M. Granger, Jr. auctioneer, will sell for the Town of Suffield the schoolhouse and lot in the North School District, Second Society…on the recommendation of the school board.

April 23

The first of a series of community motion picture performances will be given in the Second Baptist church… “Shoreacres,” a beautiful and wholesome six-reel picture of New England life will be shown. It is absolutely new and has never been seen in Connecticut. This performance will be followed by weekly “movies”… These exhibitions will be produced under the personal supervision of Allen C. Morrison, manager of the “Majestic” and ”Princess” motion picture houses in Hartford. The engagement of Mr. Morrison is sufficient guarantee of high-class pictures.

April 30

The interchurch world movement canvassers have met with a ready response in their work this week and this town will probably come close to its apportionment. The Second Baptist church is making a special effort to raise its apportionment of $45,000 out of the $100,000,000 fund the Baptists are going to raise. About $200,000 will come to this town for the building of a new dormitory and endowment at the Suffield School.

Daylight saving hours are not generally observed in this town as yet. The post office, Suffield market and First National Bank have been the only places of business to adopt the new hours so far, although some of the others may change next week. The farmers as far as possible will stick to standard time. Springfield, Windsor Locks, Hartford and other nearby places have adopted the new time, so it would be wise to make sure which time is intended in making an appointment with any one from out of town.

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