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Sleighs & Carriages - 1874

Continuing our look at December advertising in Brattleboro, we now check in with an ad from a newspaper in 1874.

Mr. J. T. Hildreth on Elm Street in Brattleboro is offering deals on sleighs and carriages. You can stop in to get a new one, or bring in your current model for a tune up and some repairs. Buggies also available.

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Testament of Santa Claus, 1881

Ever wonder where Santa buys his watches, clocks, jewelry and plated wares? In Brattleboro, of course, at the store owned by U. W. Frink at 10 Main Street, opposite the Brooks House. You’ll recognize it by the gilt letters on the door.

This clever ad appeared in December of 1881 in the Vermont Phoenix. Instead of simply listing items for sale, it comes in the form of a testimonial from Santa Claus himself who explains that Mr. Frink is reliable and offers free engraving.

Mr. Claus, we are informed, will make Mr. Frink’s his headquarters for the holidays.

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The 1876 Christmas Season - Cheney & Clapp Advertisement

Cheney & Clapp ran a bookstore in downtown Brattleboro in the 1800's. They specialized in books, periodicals, and paper goods, but if you look at their Christmas advertisement in the Vermont Phoenix for 1876, you can see they have a lot of other items.

The ad is a bit hard to read, but you can see items such as Alphabet Blocks, Brushes, Collar & Cuff boxes, Checkers, Dominoes, Drums, Flutes, Easels, Faber pencils, Hymn books, Iron toys, Jerusalem Olive wood, Knife baskets, Mottoes, Microscopes, Necessaires, Puzzles, Pocket Knives, Razors, Rubber Toys, Sycamore goods, Transparent Slates, Teacher's Bibles, Watch Stands, and Zoetropes.

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The Pre-Christmas Toymaking Rush

1898:

S.A. Smith & Co. begin running on 12 hour time today. The men go into the factory at 7 o’clock and work until 9 at night, with an hour at noon and another hour out for supper.

 

S.A. Smith was a toymaking company in Brattleboro from the late 1800s through the early 1900s:

http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/s_a_smith.htm

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: PFC Joseph Rhuben LaRose

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honored local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, included students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, are being posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website and here at iBrattleboro.

Today we remember PFC Joseph Rhuben LaRose.

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: SP4 William Wayne O'Neil

SP4 William Wayne O’Neil

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember SP4 William Wayne O’Neil.

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: 1LT Jan Alan Ulmer

1LT Jan Alan Ulmer

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember 1LT Jan Alan Ulmer

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: SP4 William Wayne O'Neil

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 honored local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, included students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website and here on iBrattleboro.

Today we remember SP4 William Wayne O’Neil.

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: SP4 Darwin James "Tim" Delano

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr.
Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember Darwin James “Tim” Delano.

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: PO3 John Charles Blake

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember PO3 John Charles Blake.

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: PO3 Ernest Eugene Sanville

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember PO3 Ernest Eugene Sanville

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Comet Holmes

1892:

It will interest many of the possessors of small telescopes that the comet recently discovered can be observed by them, and perhaps may be seen with the naked eye. Its position is near the Great Nebula in Andromeda, and 2 1/2 degrees south.

http://hubblesite.org/hubble_discoveries/comet_ison/blogs/great-moments-...

http://cometography.com/pcomets/017p.html

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: SP4 Paul Richard Dartt

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember SP4 Paul Richard Dartt.

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Standard Time

1883:

The adoption of the new standard time on Sunday and Monday next will be universal in Brattleboro. The employees of the railroad companies are under orders to take the new time at the telegraph office at noon on Sunday. Estey & Co., Smith & Hunt, Crosby & Co., and the Asylum will all set their clocks and blow their whistles by the new standard on Monday.

 

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/nov18.html

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American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: 2LT Stanley Baker

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted in succession on the Brattleboro Historical Society in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember 2LT Stanley Martin Baker.

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Shoppell's House Plans

1887:

S.H. Sherman’s new house on High street is making rapid advancement, and when completed will be one of the finest residences in town. The plan is Shoppell’s No. 300. It will be the first building in town to be warmed by the Gurney hot water system.

https://www.mitchellspublications.com/rep/arch/shoppell/toc/

Reviews mention that these books of Victorian-era house plans are quite popular among restorers.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast

The Armory and Gibson Aiken Center

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast

A historiographical reexamination of The Battle of Bennington.

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This Week in Brattleboro History



This week Joe Rivers and his students examine Brattleboro Historical Society founder Walt Harrington's efforts at the Fort Dummer dig.

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1892 Election

This Day in History 1892:

"A partial eclipse of the sun last week was watched by many Brattleboro people. The next eclipse will be that of the Democratic party, which occurs Nov. 8."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1892

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iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow

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