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This Day in Brattleboro History, courtesy of Chris Grotke:

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1847:

The ladies of the Brattleboro East Society, will hold a Fair at Wantastiquet Hall, on the third day of March next, when will be offered for sale a variety of both fancy and useful articles. There will be a Post Office connected, where all persons desirous, can be accommodated with letters from their friends in any part of the United States. The celebrated Bishop Glee Club, will entertain the company with some of the choicest music. Refreshments of all kinds will be provided, among which will be a loaf of cake containing a Gold Ring. Admittance 12 1/2 cents.

1860:

Larkin G. Mead, Jr., having secured the services of Signor Gagliardi of Rome, Italy, has commenced work upon the statue of Ethan Allen which has been ordered by the State of Vermont for the capitol at Montpelier.

1860:

The Festival of the Universalist Society, on Thursday evening of last week, was largely attended and unexpectedly successful. Thirty-one conundrums were presented and read, and Mr. Anonymous took the prize, which was donated in advance by that ubiquitous gentleman to the Society’s Treasurer.

1860:

We understand that the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company are making arrangements for a new brick station-house in this village, to succeed the remains of the late frail, unsafe, and uncomfortable structure erected in the snow in 1849. The old building has been partially burned at two different times, to the manifest danger of other property.

1862:

The Eighth Regiment was mustered into service. At Ship Island the Eighth Regiment was assigned to the command of General John W. Phelps, who had begun to “organize and drill negroes,” for which he was reprimanded by General Butler.

1870:

The lecture of Prof. Snell at the Town Hall on Thursday evening, Feb. 10th, was well-attended, listened to with attention, and proved to be instructive and of practical utility. His subject was “The Telegraph.”

1876:

Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “The Grumbling Laborers.”

1876:

The Brattleboro banks have done a very wise and timely thing in putting on a special night watchman to look after their interests. O.N. Stoughton has been assigned to that duty.

1876:

The ladies of the Unitarian society will give a “Pound Party” at the town hall on Friday evening next week. Every interested person will carry a package warranted to weigh one pound, and at a suitable hour these packages will be sold at auction without being opened.

1881:

How strange that Waite should have run away when, according to his own showing, the bank was owning him something like a quarter of a million dollars!

1881:

S.M. Waite seems to forget that figures enough to fill a whole newspaper could not wipe out the fact that the whole capital of the First National bank was dissipated under his management, that he raised not less that $65,000 on forged paper and fraudulent stock, and that he left less than $40,000 of available assets to pay $100,000 of liabilities to depositors and other creditors.

1881:

The warrant for the town meeting was posted yesterday. Besides the regular routine business of electing officers, raising money, etc. there is the following special article: “To see of the town will authorize the selectmen to sell and convey the town farm, and invest the proceeds of such sale in another farm for the benefit of said town.”

1887:

Samuel Simkoveze, the well known Jew peddler, is about to open a clothing store in the basement of Vinton’s block.

1887:

Crosby & Co. have the plans practically completed for there new three-story building to be erected on the old foundry site. Work will begin as soon as the spring opens.

1887:

The millenium may still be some way off, but it certainly speaks well for Brattleboro – a town now of some 7,000 population – that its police records show only three arrests for drunkenness during the past year.

1887:

There is a probability that a book-bindery will be opened here about the first of April.

1887:

The toboggan chute comes to a prosaic and practical end in its sale, for something less than $100, to Crosby & Co., who will use the lumber in their new building to be erected on the old foundry site.

1898:

The first mushrooms grown in Brattleboro commercially come from Allen’s greenhouses.

1898:

Sousa, “The March King,” and his celebrated band will give an afternoon performance at the Auditorium March 11.

Chris Grotke’s daily visitation to the annals of Brattleboro history can be found on the front page of http://www.ibrattleboro.com/