Historic events for May 8

1903 Capitalist Syndicate Eyes Dam

Inquiry was made Saturday on behalf of a syndicate of captialists in regard to the amount of power which the proposed Connecticut dam would develop. The identity of the syndicate was not revelaed, but it was stated that if sufficient power could be developed the syndicate was ready to build the dam, supply what power was needed to Brattleboro for all purposes and carry the rest elsewhere.

1885 Hop and Burdock Tonic Bring Quick Returns

We imagine few preparations have brought quicker returns than I. B. Thorn’s hop and burdock tonic which he has been pushing for two months past. Retail sales are large and steady, and a brisk wholesale demand has already been established.

1874 Fisk Monument Expected

The Fisk monument has arrived at New York and is expected here this week.

1874 Green Street Lot Sold

Walter H. Childs has bought a building lot on Green street, 52 by 102 feet, of B.R. Jenne, for $1,400.

2014 GMO Label Law in Vermont

Vermont becomes first state in the US to sign a law requiring labels for foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

1840 Pay & Buy More

Pay Up - Pay Up. And buy more — at Birge & Dickinson.

1840 Pew 18 To Let

Pew No. 18, In the North Meeting House To Let. Wm. W. Fessenden.

1858 Box of Fish Sent To Firefighters

The Empire Boys of Lynn, whose visit to Brattleboro last autumn has not been forgotten, sent a box of fine fresh fish to the two engine companies as a token of their remembrance of the pleasant hours spent in their company here. The Hydropaths passed their portion of the fish over to Perry of the Brattleboro House, who served up a delicious chowder therefrom.

1862 Fall of Yorktown Celebrated

The news of the fall of Yorktown was received in this village with demonstrations of joy. At noon on Monday the bells were rung an hour and a national salute was fired in honor of the event.

1862 New Steam Whistle for Estey & Green

Estey & Green have established a steam whistle on their Melodeon Factory in this village, and at six in the morning, high twelve, and again at 6 ‘clock in the evening, its notes of warning may be heard throughout the village. This is a great public convenience to those not within reach of a time-piece or whose clocks and watches cannot be made to keep correct time.

1874 Snow Remains In Hill Towns

No snow has fallen here since last week, and the streets are becoming dusty; but a few miles out, in the hill towns, the snow is from six inches to two feet deep, and some farmers were still sugaring.

1874 School Meeting Forgotten

Though ample notice was given through the village newspapers of the adjourned school meeting to be held last Tuesday evening, the matter somehow seemed to have escaped the minds of those whose especial duty it was to be present (as well as about everybody else,) and consequently the bell was not rung, and the few who did gather at the school house found the door locked.

1885 New Firm – Emerson & Son

Emerson & Son, the new firm at the C. L. Brown stand, have a new advertisement this week calling attention to their large line of seasonable goods.

1885 Boys In The Back of Village Meeting

The boys in the back part of the hall, who appeared to fill the office of claqueurs at the village meeting, also appeared to vote on every question which interested them with a volume of voice which drowned out the legitimate voters. It would be well to have that kind of thing done away with at future meetings.

1885 Village Improvement Society Considered

Last Friday (Arbor-day) afternoon there was an informal gathering of ladies and gentlemen in the Brooks House reception room to consider the question of forming a Village Improvement society in Brattleboro.

1885 Flat Street Tenement Turned Around

Instead of tearing down the old tenement house on the Frost meadow, Mr. Crowell will swing it around to the southeast so as to front on Flat street in its new location, raise it above reach of the high water, and fit it up in good shape for rental.

1891 Phoenix Delayed Due To Folding Machine

Owing to the failure of our second new folding machine to arrive we are obliged to fold, paste and trim the present edition of The Phoenix by hand, causing unavoidable delay. The machine has now been nine days on the road, and we live in hopes of better things for next week — or some other week.

1891 Kickapoo Indians’ Agent In Town

An advance agent has been in town arranging for the appearance here of the Kickapoo Indians.

1891 225 Trout

All the small streams were lined with fishermen on Friday, and many handsome strings were brought in. The best catch reported was by two fishermen, who brought in 225 trout weighing over 21 pounds. Several other catches of from nine to five pounds were brought in.

1891 Residents Turn Square Into Park

The residents on the square comprised by North Main, Terrace, Tyler and North streets have united in employing a man to go around the square once or twice a week, carefully raking out the roadways, making the locality as well kept as a park. This is a good suggestion for other parts of the village to act upon.

1896 Crosby & Co. Receive 25 Horse Power Motor

Crosby & Co. have received their 25 horse-power motor, which was made by the general electric company of Schenectady, N.Y. It will be running in about two weeks.

1896 Not Overdoing Policing

One of the best results of Tuesday’s election is the assurance that the present method of policing the village is to be maintained. The endorsement should not lead to overdoing the matter, and there will be no occasion for using a magnifying glass in the search for offenders. What is wanted is a steady and impartial hand carried 365 days and nights a year.

1896 Local Council of United American Mechanics Organized

A local council of the order of United American Mechanics was organized here Friday night with a membership upwards of 30.