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.

September 2

Pupils have been enrolled for the coming school year at the Suffield School up to its full capacity. Both dormitories are full, and also the chapel which will be turned into dormitories for the coming year.

Lawrence Chamberlain of Kent avenue was seriously burned about the legs and body… at the gasoline filling station in Kent avenue, when he was standing near the gasoline tank of an automobile that was being filled from the pump and the tank overflowed, and some of the gasoline spattered onto his clothing. A few minutes later he lighted a cigarette and threw the match where the gasoline had flowed over the ground. It at once caught fire, blazing up. His clothes were nearly burned off and both legs were badly burned.

Two cases of diphtheria have been discovered… in the family of Joseph Chuch [sic] of Depot street, in the six family tenement house owned by Joseph Gregg, known as the “Creamery Block.” The children who are ill with the disease are their 3-year and 6-year-old sons.

The lecture, “Acres of Diamonds,” by Dr. Russell H. Conwell, will be given at the First Congregational church September 12th. This lecture is justly called the most celebrated lecture in the world, and its author the most noted man on the American platform, it having been delivered over 5,800 times.

Thomas Orr has entered his flying pigeons in several races for this month. Sunday he will race pigeons from Albany to Suffield, a distance of 85 miles.

The Suffield A. C. baseball team will have a game with the Pastimes of Feeding Hills Sunday afternoon on the diamond at Barnett’s park, the former trotting park on the West Suffield road.

September 9

The public schools will open… It is expected that the enrollment of pupils will be increased and the lack of room in the Center school, First Society, will make it necessary to divide the school day into two parts for two different sets of pupils.

It is reported that tobacco buyers have been in town and purchased two or three crops at a price above thirty cents.

Another case of diphtheria has been discovered in the family of Joseph Chuck in Depot street, the third case in this family in the last ten days. The sick child is their 14-year-old son. The house is under quarantine.

September 16

Miss Ethel Warner gave a masquerade lawn party at her home… a most enjoyable time was had by all.

September 23

Mrs. Mary Davis, who was arrested a few weeks ago for operating an illicit still, was arrested again… after a raid at her home on South Main street by the state police which disclosed a still and several quarts of “moonshine.” She was bound over to the superior court in Hartford where she was tried Tuesday… A boarder, who interfered with the officer when they were conducting their search, was brought before Justice Howard D Sikes… and fined $2 and costs.

September 30

The state has established a game preserve in Boston Neck upon the application of five land owners, and the land has been posted. The preserve contains from sixty to seventy-five acres…The preservation of game at the present time is up to the sportsmen themselves, as only by a strict observance of the law and self-denial can save the game birds from extermination. Hungarian partridge at one time were plentiful in this town, but hunters kept at their cover day after day until they were practically exterminated.

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