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1726:

Timothy Dwight, Jr., born. Dwight was claimed to be the first white child born in Vermont by some accounts.

1847:

On account of “Western Fever,” the advertiser offers for sale his two large Dwelling Houses situated on Green St. One comprises two and the other three tenements, and both have a piazza in front. It is only a few rods from the celebrated Cold water Establishment, and on rising ground. Part or the whole will be sold at a bargain, as the owner is desirous of going west. James M. Reed.

1847:

Mr. Wolfedr Springer, from Germany, having settled here, tenders his services to the citizens of Brattleboro in the art of Dyeing in all colors, to the satisfaction of the most fastidious. Applications to be made at the Silk Factory.

1881:

The Brattleboro Telephone Exchange company have received their switch board and announce that they will be ready for business by June 1. The terms, within the village limits, with one-half mile of wire or less, are $25 per year, or $30 with transmitter.

1881:

The stakes for the new railroad station were driven on Thursday. The main building will be 26 by 66 feet, with a projection of four or five feet in the centre, fronting the track, for a ticket office, and a similar wing or projection on the opposite side for a ladies dressing room. On the northeast corner there will be an ell about 16 by 34 feet, for a baggage room and telegraph office. Brick for the walls will be bought at Montague, Mass.

1887:

The young men employed on the east and west sides of Main street will play a match game of base ball on Frost’s meadow next Thursday afternoon.

1887:

Something of a sensation was occasioned last Monday by a report that the workmen engaged in excavating the cellar for W.G. Doolittle’s house on High street had unearthed a human skeleton. The report proved true, and hundreds of people visited the spot during the day to view the remains and conjecture over the mystery surrounding them.

1892:

Announcement has been made that Mr. Blair of Cromwell, Conn., has definitely decided to locate his pickle factory in Brattleboro.

1892:

Conversation by telephone was carried on at the Brattleboro exchange on Sunday with people in Baltimore, by means of the long distance line.

1892:

The unusually abundant supply of water in Crowell’s reservoir has caused serious problems for some of the Forest Square residents. The overflow has filled the frog pond more than full, and water from this has found its way down into the cellars of the luckless dwellers below. Strange to say, they don’t like it.

1893:

Brattleboro's Vermont Asylum for the Insane changes its name to the Retreat.

1897:

An earthquake shock "of five distinct vibrations" was felt in Brattleboro.

1898:

A flag pole has been raised on the top of the stone tower on the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat.

1898:

Hooker, Corser & Mitchell advertise in another column for 25 girls to run new machines which have been placed recently in their overall factory. The firm is doing large business, and has about 150 hands in its employ. The total output of the factory will soon be 200 dozen overalls, jumpers, coats, etc., per day.

1898:

The selectmen will issue a call in a few days for bids for the construction of a granite arch over Whetstone brook at Main street.

1904:

A Chinese sociable will be held at the First Baptist church next Thursday. The main feature will be a representation of a missionary instructing three heathen Chinese, all in native costume, just as it is done in the foreign field.

1904:

On complaint of some of the bailiffs, Deputy Sheriff Knapp arrested John McCarthy, a man who was thought to be a tramp, and put him in lock-up. He pleaded not guilty, and it was found that he secured work the day before and had 75 cents or more in his pocket. He was discharged.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 19, 2016

Architects, advisors, and construction services for the police and fire facilities projects will be contracted by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting

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Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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April 1857 Advertisement - Chase & Tripp

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Retting Place Closure in Brattleboro

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Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

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http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

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AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

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