Historic events for Jul 4

1872 Brattleboro Fire Company Winds Tourney

Brattleboro's fire company, specifically Hydropath No. 3, won a $400 prize at a firemen's tournament in Rutland

1845 Infantry Appears and Entertains

Our thriving village was most agreeably entertained last Saturday by the sudden appearance of a company of finely uniformed and equipped Infantry, under the command of Capt. Lord. It certainly does credit to our place. Our martial spirit was considerably elevated as we beheld their marching and evolutions, and listened to the thrilling drum and fife. Who knows what course events may take under our warlike administration?

1873 Hammock Mania

Hammocks are the latest household “necessity.” Half the piazza on Green street are furnished with them, and the mania seems to be “catching.”

1873 No Firecrackers, Unless It Rains

The bailiffs give notice that the village by-laws prohibiting the firing of guns, pistols, fire-crackers &c., in the streets of this village will be strictly enforced on the Fourth. Should the weather prove rainy, however, the notice will probably be annulled.

1884 Bear Man Attracts Crowd

A human monstrosity, called “the bear man,” with very repulsive countenance and hands and feet strangely like those of a bear, attracted a large crowd of the curious at the railroad station Wednesday morning. He was in in charge of a showman who brought him over from Hinsdale and was taking him to Bellows Falls for exhibition.

1890 Burk’s Circus At Base Ball Grounds

Advertisement and notice elsewhere give particulars of the performance to be given on the base ball grounds next week Wednesday by Burk’s circus.

1890 Brooks House Improvements Practically Complete

During the spring and early summer Crosby & Adams have made many marked improvements to the Brooks House in the way of additions and new furnishings, which are now practically completed.

1902 Companies Close To Take Stock

The S.A. Smith company and the Carpenter organ company are taking account of stock this week and their factories are closed.

1902 Committee To Plan President Roosevelt’s Visit

An invitation will be extended to the citizens of Brattleboro to assist the Young Men’s Republican club in preparing for the coming of President Roosevelt, Aug. 30, by appointing a committee of citizens to act in conjunction with the club’s committee of arrangements. The president’s visit will have no political aspect whatever and the plans for his entertainment will not be characterized in any degree by partisanship of factional feeling.