Historic events for Jun 5

1867 Steps Taken To Form YMCA

Brattleboro citizens take initial steps toward formation of a Y.M.C.A.

1791 Jefferson Passes Through Brattleboro

Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Congressman James Madison travel from Bennington to the Connecticut River and then follow the river south. Jefferson urged the Vermonters he encountered to consider seriously a new cash crop: maple sugar. The gentlemen presumably stayed the night in the area.

1903 Japanese Man Studies Estey Pipe Organ Manufacture

Y. Nishikawa of Hunodecho, Japan, who came to Brattleboro several months ago to complete his education at the Estey organ factories in a special line of pipe organ building, started Friday for his home in Japan. Information gained here will be used in the manufacture of organs in Yokohama.

1903 Chief of Police Sells Horse

Chief of Police Hall has sold his standard bred, registered bay mare to L.E. Holden. She is one of the best drivers in Brattleboro.

1896 Child’s Meteorological Record

W.H. Child’s meteorological record for the past 11 years has been placed in the Free library for safe keeping. This record was taken with self-recording instruments. It makes two large volumes.

1874 Crosby Plans Brick Building On Main

Messrs. Crosby & Rice propose soon to remove the wooden building on Market square now used for printing and other purposes, and put up a three story brick building adjoining the other, known as Centre block, in which is located the steam engine which furnishes power for both.

1874 Brattleboro Needs Sewers

Among our desired village improvements so much discussed of late, none is really so pressing in importance as that of the adoption of a system of sewerage, and we are gratified to see that something is being done in that respect by private individuals, and that the village authorities are likely to take the matter in hand where private enterprise is insufficient.

1891 Electric Lights For Brooks House Stables

H. O. Coolidge is having the Brooks House stables repaired and improved, and wired for lighting by incandescent electric light.

1891 Opening Views On The Mountain Road

Dr. Draper spent Wednesday on the mountain with a party of workmen opening views through the trees and shrubbery at the angles and other points of observation on the mountain road. The openings thus made give outlooks upon the village and up and down the valley and on the hills around.

1891 The Most Important Street In Town

The residents of Oak street think that as that is one of the most important streets in town it should have concrete sidewalks.

1885 Second Anniversary of Y.M.C.A.

The second-anniversary exercises of the Brattleboro Y.M.C.A. were held in the Centre church last Sunday evening, and a large audience was present, notwithstanding the unfavorable weather.

1885 Brattleboro Sewing Machine Company Business Reviving

Business at the Brattleboro Sewing Machine company’s shop in Centreville is reviving, and the force of workmen, now about 30, is daily enlarging. Orders for machines of the Estey-Fuller model are now far ahead of the company’s ability to supply, and it is the purpose of management to immediately increase their monthly out-put to 400 or 500 machines.

1885 Barnum Booked

The great and only Barnum is booked for Brattleboro on July 21.

1862 Large, Old Apple Tree

There is now growing on the farm of Dea. Abel Carpenter, in the west part of town, an apple tree measuring twelve feet and six inches circumference at two feet from the ground. Nearer the ground its circumference is thirteen feet and two inches. The tree is tall and thrifty, and the bark is smooth and healthy. It bids fair to stand and bear fruit for many years.

1862 Twenty Windham County Recruits For 9th Vermont Regiment

We learn that Major Goodhue has already obtained twenty recruits for the Windham County Company, for the 9th Vermont Regiment, and that there is an excellent prospect that the ranks will be filled at an early day. Now is an excellent time for all men patriotically inclined to serve their country. Aside from this the inducements are $20 per month and $100 bounty, with a prospect of a short term of service.

1862 Estey Whistle Toots Explained

Since the whistle, attached to the boiler at the Melodeon Factory, has come to be recognized as an ‘institution’ throughout our own and indeed the neighboring towns, ‘tis fair that the public should know what all this ‘tooting’ is about. The legitimate use of the whistle is for the signals given at 6 o’clock, morning; twelve, noon; and one and six o’clock afternoon; — thus furnishing a convenient standard of time for all who come within its sound. It’s use at any other time, in the way of short and repeated ‘toots,’ will signify that "sun thin’s burning.”

1862 Night Cry of “Fire!”

For the first time during several years a night cry of “Fire!” resounded through our village, about 2 o’clock in the morning of Tuesday last. At that time fire was discovered in the attic of the stone building connected with and forming a part of the Revere House, an in a few minutes the flames succeeded the smoke in coming through the roof. The prompt arrival of the engines and the proximity of an abundant supply of water soon removed all damage of an extensive conflagration.

1858 Young Misses Sing of Four Seasons

Mr. C. Marsh, who has been teaching some of the young Misses of this village vocal music, with the assistance of his class numbering about one hundred, gave Concerts at the Town Hall on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The performance was an operata representing the four seasons. About half the young Misses were dressed in white while the others were arrayed in plaids and plumes of a Highland character.

1840 Paints and Oils For Sale

Paints and Oils. A large supply of Paints, Oils, Varnish & Brushes, for sale very low by Williston & Tyler.

1840 Road To Be Built From Brattleboro to Guilford

To Road Builders. The subscribers give notice that they will sell at Auction the road to be built, leading from John Cutting’s in Brattleboro, to Sam’l Allen’s in Guilford, on Saturday the 6th day of June, at 12 o’clock, noon.