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Volume 16 Issue 12 A Look Back March 2011 Issue Page 5 March 1, 1889 There were 23,492 books given out at the public library last year, an average of 77 per day. This is 3836 more than the previous year. The business of this town was well represented at a meeting held at the Union Whist Club rooms, Tuesday evening, for the purpose of forming some organization of the businessmen. Charles P. Carpenter was chosen as chairman and Hiram P. Gerald for Secretary. Charles B. Carpenter stated that the old stone block opposite the town house had been offered to the town at a reasonable price, and one thing that this organization could promote, would be the erection of a large hotel on the site and mentioned several who had offered to purchase the stock. March 8, 1889 It is expected that Reverend Mr. Blanchard will lecture on the Prohibitory Amendment, at the Podunk Chapel, next Wednesday evening. If stormy, will be postponed till Thursday. As Jesse Hobbs and Miss Drew, of Boston, were riding last Sabbath, on North Pond, near Samuel Bowen Cove, the ice gave way, letting them into the water which was six or 8 feet deep. Some men who were nearby fishing, came to their rescue by throwing a coat for Miss Drew to catch hold of. They then used a plank to get the horse out of the water. The first of a series of temperance meetings, under the auspices of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, to arouse interest and awaken popular sentiment in favor of no license, and also of the proposed prohibitory amendment, wil be held Sunday evening, March 10, in the Congregational Church in 7 pm. It is earnestly requested that every person interested in the subject soon to be voted upon will attend this and every succeeding meeting. All who desire the protection of the home, and to exterminate the saloon in the town and state, are especially requested to be present at this first meeting, Sunday evening, March 10. The Division of Brookfield The legislative committee on towns began a hearing at the State House Tuesday on a division of Brookfield. C. T. Holt was counsel for the petitioners, and H. W. King for the old town as remonstrant. Mr. Holt sketched the history of the place and of the adjoining towns. Should the petition be granted there would still be 97 towns smaller than Brookfield that would be left, 143 with less valuation and 190 with fewer polls. A map of the proposed town was displayed, the line of separation being parallel with the Spencer town line, straight for its whole length and running north and south through the middle of Podunk pond. March 15, 1889 The Unitarian ladies propose to furnish the usual dinner, town meeting day. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pike will have charge of the town farm another year, at a salary of $475. The high school will give their annual costume party and entertainment at the Unitarian vestry, Tuesday evening, March 19. A drama will be produced for which much preparation has been made. Costumes of every description have been obtained, fancy, historic and comic. Refreshments will be served during the entire evening. A gay and brilliant occasion is anticipated, and the public is most cordially invited. On Wednesday evening, March 20, Jerry Kane, Esquire., of Spencer, will address the voters of Brookfield, at the town hall, on the "Duties of the Hour," with special reference to the coming elections. Our Catholic friends are particularly invited to come and hear the eloquent plea of Mr. Kane for the Protection of the Home, and his arguments for Constitutional Prohibition. It is hoped that honorable George P. Ladd will also be with us at that time and give us some helpful words on this monumental question. Nearly every seat was filled at the Union Gospel temperance meeting, Sabbath eve., And much interest was manifest. A very long article. A long letter from CP Blanchard about Prohibition in Iowa. Friday, March 22, 1889 The town reports are in the hands of the printer, and are expected ready for distribution early next week (?). If the person who left the pig on the causeway to bury itself will take it away, the name will not be made public. Ms. Flora Allen celebrated her 11th birthday by inviting her friends of the primary class, and her teacher, to her home Monday afternoon. E. Twichell has offered to sell the stone block and land surrounding it, to anyone who will improve it, for $25,000. The buildings must be taken down. The costume party of the Brookfield high school passed very pleasantly and successfully, at the Unitarian vestry, Tuesday evening. Rev. C. P. Blanchard was chosen president of the Businessmen's No License League, Wednesday night. The position of our local Women's Christian Temperance Union may not be generally known, and some, who otherwise would join their ranks, refused to do so, believing it to be a political or women's suffrage organization. It declares itself un-political, and non- suffrage, as far as any other action of the body is concerned, leaving such questions to the individual conscience of each member, to act as she may think best. The work of the union is wholly on this line, to aid by voice and influence in the suppression of the traffic in alcoholic liquors, wine and cider as a beverage. March 29, 1889 $2500 instead of $25,000 is the price asked for the old stone block and surroundings. Michael Cunningham was tried before Judge Dueli, Monday, and paid $50 and cost for selling liquor.