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Cute kidsCute kids are favored by advertisers today. It was no different a century ago! This card depicts three young girls becoming entangled in Willimantic cotton thread.
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St. Mary Church - Cornerstone Laying CeremonyAugust 23, 1903. Several thousand people braved the intense heat of the day. Mass was celebrated and two sermons were preached (in French and English). After Mass, the cornerstone and foundation were blessed. Later that afternoon, Benediction was held. The banner above the platform reads (in French), "Lord, how beautiful is your dwelling place".
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Civil Defense Exercise and ParadeOn Sunday, June 27, 1953. Operation "Willimantic Plan" was a huge Civil defense exercise that involved 1400 firefighters, police and communication workers who fought 6 "fires" set off by an "atomic bomb attack". Following the exercises there was a parade from Lincoln Square and an "air demonstration".
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Elks FairThis was the highlight of the Labor Day weekend in Willimantic for almost 40 years. It was last held in 1952.
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Purinton Temple - The Pythian Sisters Auxiliary of the Knights of PythiasOrganizers of the 1910 July 4th celebration wanted the daylong celebration to surpass “anything of the kind ever before put on in Windham County”. The day began with the ringing of church bells at 4:30 A.M. and the “firing of a salute”.
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The beginning......Redevelopment officially began at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 9, 1973. It began at Lincoln
Square and proceeded East. The first building to be razed was the gas station that sat at
the junction of Union and Main. Four other buildings were razed in that first three week
period.
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St. Mary School fireOn Friday January 30, 1953, St. Mary's School was destroyed by fire.
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Melony Block Fire (Maverick Laundry)The Maverick Laundry fire occurred on Wednesday, May 6, 1908. Box 32, at the corner of Bank and Main was struck at 12:05 in the afternoon. The Maverick Laundry was located in the Melony Block which was just across the street from the Hooker House. At the time of the alarm, thick black smoke was coming from both the laundry and from the A.C. Blanchette furniture store.
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Windham Inn - 1910 Bill Kotrba sent us this photo. He says, "It is a very unusual view picturing route 14 heading in an easterly direction. I have only seen 2 examples of this card in the past. Please note, the Windham Inn has a wrap around porch, and the grade in front of the post office is much higher than it is today. Between 1958 and 1962, our music professor, Elizabeth Fields from Willimantic State Teacher's College, lived in the third building on the left."
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Junction of Main Street and Columbia Ave.The photo shows a farmhouse at the junction of today’s Main Street and Columbia Avenue. Part of the farm was included in the land taken for the New Willimantic Cemetery.
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Melony BlockThe flames worked their way through the floor and into Blanchette's furniture dealer’s store. That caused much of the furniture store’s stock to be damaged by flames, smoke or water. Unfortunately, just a few days earlier, Blanchette had received a new shipment of household goods and four new pianos.
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Memorial Day, 1911This photo shows the 1911 Memorial Day parade.The drum belonged to Wheeler's American Band which accompanied the Police Department in that parade and behind Wheeler's was the local National Guard Company, Company "L". In back of Company "L" is the French-Canadian paramilitary organization, Garde Florimond. They had already marched up Main St. and were "picking up" the Grand Army of the Republic and Women’s Relief Corps Floral Wagon, The Spanish-American War veterans and a large contingent of children from Natchaug School for the march to Willimantic Cemetery. The parade of 1911 was the first in which a group of schoolchildren was asked to participate. Pic of the Week September 5, 2013
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Willimantic AlmshouseThe Willimantic Almshouse was built in 1877. It provided assistance to the needy and poor of the borough, which were housed, and employed for their board in the establishment's farm. It was demolished in the 1950s. The Friendly's Restaurant stands on this site today.
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Sherman's Corner - Chaplin, CTPic of the Week - November 1, 2012. Chaplin First selectman Bill Rose was among the people who identified last week’s photo as “Sherman’s Corner” in Chaplin. Bill wrote, “In the era pictured it was a gas station, bus stop, bar and grill and the local hot spot for night time entertainment. Today it is the home of the Bach Dor Cafe.
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Scotland DamThe Scotland Dam began operation in December, 1908. Today it provides approximately 200kW of power and is administered by Northeast Utilities. In this photo, workers from the Tucker and Vinton Construction Company of New York put finishing touches on the 450 foot long dam. The Scotland side of the dam is on the right.
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PaintersThe day also included several other athletic events, an afternoon band concert, an evening water carnival on the banks of the river, a second band concert in the evening and a fireworks display.
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