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1796:

Timothy Whipple died at aged seventy-two years. His stone reads: "Deliriums' state was worse than fate, And vacancy of mind; But real grace filled up the space, And left a hope behind."

1837:

The whole number of admissions into the Asylum from December 12, 1836 to Sept 30, 1837, (exclusive of several nervous patients) was 48; of whom 1 has died and 13 have been discharged, leaving in the institution 34. It is certainly remarkable that after being in operation only nine and a half months, there should be 11 cures effected out of 14 discharged, including old cases.

1843:

The friends of the extension of the Boston and Fitchburg Rail Road to Brattleboro, Lake Champlain, and Canada, are requested to meet in Convention at Brattleboro on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1843 at 10 o’clock to devise and execute measures to the same.

1848:

Some eight to ten inches of snow fell here on Monday last, affording us a brief interval of sleighing. Down the river, the storm was more severe, delaying the arrival of many railroad trains.

1855:

The annual meeting of the Brattleboro Fire Society was held at the Revere House on Tuesday evening, 20th inst. The report of the Wardens for the past year was made, from which it appeared that very generally the stoves, furnaces, flues, fireboards, &c., were in safe condition. The greatest degree of negligence was in the depositories for ashes, wooden vessels being used in many places instead of those made of mineral or metal.

1855:

The valuation of the town of Brattleboro, according to the returns made by the Listers for 1855 is as follows: - Real Estate, $893,978; Personal property exclusive of debts owed, $307,589, total $1,201,567. The increase of the value of real estate from the appraisal of 1852 is $37,247.

1860:

The annual Mechanics Ball comes off next Tuesday. Capital music and a jolly time is expected.

1860:

Six building lots on Prospect Hill were sold at auction a few days since by Capt. Wallen - three to A.G. Nourse and three to Eugene Frost - averaging about $100 each.

1876:

A flock of wild geese passed over the village about 8 o’clock Monday evening. From the sound of their voices and the amount of noise they made, it was surmised that they were on their way to New Orleans to help count the votes.

1876:

The public examination of teachers will be held at the high school building on Saturday, Nov. 25th, at 9 o’clock, A.M.

1882:

Mr. Geo. E. Crowell, since his recent purchase of land belonging to the estate of the late Isaac Hines, on what is commonly called Hine’s hill, for which the very appropriate name of Chestnut hill is now suggested - has caused a survey to be made of the entire hill, with the view of opening it up for building lots, with suitable avenues and cross streets. A reservoir of 2,000,000 gallons capacity is to be located on the hill.

1882:

On the account of the increased demand for books, it was decided to try the experiment for one month, beginning Dec. 1st, of keeping the library open every day and evening. This will greatly increase the expense, and it is hoped that some of our public spirited citizens will offer to assist, in order that the arrangement may be continued.

1882:

Sneak thieves are stealing wood and robbing clothes-lines on South Main street. A blue pill, judiciously administered, is said to be a cure for them.

1882:

The Christmas card opening at Cheney & Clapp’s is of interest to lovers of art as well as lovers of friends. The collection is large in numbers and variety and embraces many new and beautiful designs.

1893:

Rudyard Kipling’s artesian well has been sunk to a depth of 350 feet. There is now a plentiful supply of water, estimated at 1200 gallons daily. A windmill will be erected to pump the water. The cost of sinking the well was over $2000.

1893:

The ground is said to have been stained incarnadine as a result of a “scrap” on the island Wednesday night. Whether the scrapper had been irrigating is not stated.

1899:

Albyn E. Atwood of the Phoenix job printing office has prepared a “fin de siecle” souvenir calendar for 1900, which, for the general character of its make up and typographical excellence, cast a deep shadow over all the calendars which Mr. Atwood has previously issued.

1899:

The annual rental of pews in the Congregational church will take place a week from next Wednesday.

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-Town Manager's Office

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Jan Anderson
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(802) 251-8100

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Jan Anderson
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