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1838:

A Singing School for the Unitarian Society will commence on Monday evening next, at Wheeler’s Hall. All the singers as well as those wishing to learn are invited to attend. The school will be under the instruction of Mr. Perry of Worcester.

1866:

Mr. Miles and his Cadets, assisted by L. G. Mead, Jr., and others, propose to give an entertainment at the Town Hall, next Monday evening, to consist of Plays and Tableaux. A good time is expected.

1866:

Oak Street — The building of dwelling houses on this pleasant street is going on vigorously. All the lots of this street that were owned by Wells Goodhue are now sold, and houses are to be erected on them, making ten in all. We are glad to hear that the owners of the lots intend to set out elm trees on both sides of the street, which will in a few years add much to its beauty.

1866:

We are happy to announce that more efficiency is to be imparted to the Fire Department of the village. The engine “Fountain” has been lately purchased at Lynn, Mass., for $900; a first class machine and one of the most powerful in New England.

1877:

The Brooks House is well filled with summer visitors.

1877:

The leading topic of conversation during the past week has been the centennial celebration, and almost the only local events of any importance have been on the various departures for Bennington. On Friday morning at 4 o’clock Fuller Battery left on their march across the mountain. Saturday morning the Estey Guard left by a special train at 7:45 and reached the camp on the same afternoon.

1883:

A bald-headed eagle was seen to fly over this village a few days since.

1883:

Whang! Whang! Whang! The piano fiend is banging from earliest morn to dewiest eve — and the neighbors, meantime, have reached that state of subdued exasperation that they would esteem it a breath from heaven could they but have the hour before breakfast for rest and peace.

1883:

The High, Grammar, and Intermediate schools will not begin their fall term before the middle of September, and probably not until the first of October. The committee have decided upon this delay in the hope that the walls and roof of the new school building may be completed before the schools begin, so as to avoid the possibility of accidents from falling material.

1883:

Mrs. Geo. E. Crowell had a birthday yesterday and her husband embraced the occasion to take her and the children and a few invited friends to make a trial of the capacity of the new Highland park as a picnic ground. The work of improvement is being pushed streadily forward, though its completion will necessarily be a work of years. An observatory will undoubtedly be built during the present season.

1888:

The young people in the vicinity of Washington street have had considerable amusement this week over the attempts of some over-anxious order-loving citizens to stop croquet and ball playing on the school grounds. The offended juveniles destroyed the prohibitory signs Wednesday evening, after having covered them with black paint two nights in succession. Peace has not yet been declared.

1888:

Guy Estey has achieved one great horticultural success this year. He picked yesterday in his father’s garden a big ripe cucumber inside a small-necked pint bottle. The question which he wants his friends to answer is how the cucumber got there.

1888:

Everything indicates a rarely successful event in the presentation of Miss Howe’s benefit concert this evening. The scene at the sale of tickets has not before been witnessed in Brattleboro. The line at the box office began to form at 5:30, and when the window opened at 7 o’clock the line numbered over 100 people, and extended the full length of the lobby. Within an hour an a half every seat in the house was sold.

1888:

The engine for the electric light plant is on the way here. The lights will probably be ready to be used September 1st.

1894:

An exhibition of the wonderful Edison-Bettini micro-phonograph will be given at the Congregational chapel Monday evening, 27th inst.

1894:

J. E. Coleman takes a pardonable pride in the appearance of his refitted barber shop, which without a doubt is now the finest shop in the state. A new ornamental steel ceiling, painted white, a dado of lignomour, new wall paper with freize and cornice in agreeable tints, new pictures, and furniture are among the improvements in the main room, while the rear room for ladies’ and children’s work has also received attention. Mr. Coleman has recently put a fifth chair into the shop.

1894:

The Swedish Lutheran Church will celebrate the dedication of their new church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 19, 2013

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