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The front cover of the folder features the Windham Town Hall.
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Memorial Day, 1911 - first formations of the paradeCompany “L” of the Connecticut National Guard (first group of marchers in the photo) had marched from their Valley Street Armory down to Broad Street. At Broad Street they were joined by the Garde Florimond (second group of marchers) and the Tierney Cadets. They marched down Broad Street to Main and then up Main Street to the Town Hall. There, they were joined by twelve more groups. The parade proceeded to the Willimantic Cemetery where the graves of the veterans were decorated.
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Ice Delivery in WillimanticThis photo was taken on the High St. side of the Town Hall. It shows the delivery wagon of the Ayer’s ice house. The two principal suppliers of ice in Willimantic were Eaton of Mansfield and Ayer, which was on Pleasant St. at the Lebanon line. Due to public outcry over the rising cost of ice, by 1913, Willimantic began a short-lived municipal ice business and harvested ice near the Pumping Station. May 9, 2013 Pic of the Week
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The Grand Army of the Republic (The G.A.R. - Civil War Veterans)This picture was taken during the 1909 reunion of the Civil War veterans of the 21st Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers (“The Gallant Old Regiment”). They met at the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall. The veterans were all members of various G.A.R. posts throughout the state. Those who came for this, their fortieth reunion, marched from the railroad station to the Grand Army of the Republic Hall. The May 16th reunion was also the anniversary of the 1864 Battle of Drury’s Bluff in which the regiment had played a prominent part. May 23, 2013 Pic of the Week.
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Police Chief Grant Bombria and Captain Frederick LaramiePolice Chief Grant Bombria is sitting in his office at the Police Station which was then in the Town Hall. Bombria became Chief in 1940 after the retirement of Chief Thomas Grady. When Bombria retired in 1952, he had been on the force for thirty-five years. He was followed as Chief by the man standing on the right, Captain Frederick R. Laramie. Pic of the Week October 31, 2013
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Buckingham House 1906The Buckingham House can be seen on this 1906 postcard view of the Windham Town Hall.
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Loomer Opera House The Loomer Block dominated Main St. for several decades. The Loomer Opera House was considered to be the finest theater between Hartford and Providence. It seated 1,200 people in lush surroundings. Many famous vaudeville acts played there, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Lumber magnate Silas Loomer built it in 1879. Movies were shown there in the 1920s, but it could not compete with the Capitol Cinema. The Opera House was demolished in 1940 and replaced by a new Woolworth's store.The block also housed several other businesses including a pharmacy and a pool hall.
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Windham Town Hall1938 Hurricane Photos. Windham Town Hall. Willimantic. Seen from Main St. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.
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Windham Town Hall1938 Hurricane Photos. Windham Town Hall. Willimantic.
Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.
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Wagon team in front of Town Hall.Pic of the Week - June 30, 2011
The building pictured is just to the left of the Town Hall. During the '38 hurricane, the top floor was damaged and then later removed. Butch Ives wrote, " The boiler & wagon appears to be the same as one in my Postcard Collection. Postcard is identified as Boiler for Pollock Mills Renovation.". Paul Ashton wrote, "The building with the Hayden Real Estate advertisement is interesting. The current building is the same size but one story (fire, partial rebuild maybe?). I would assume Hayden St. is named after old Willard since the ad talks of building lots and his office was on Pleasant St.". Paul is correct - actually, Willard Hayden had three streets named after him - Willard Street, Hayden Street and Hayden's Row (now Vermont Drive).
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George Nason's Lumberyard. Corner of Valley and Church StreetsPic of the Week - November 22, 2012. This is George Nason’s Lumberyard which burned on Feb. 13, 1894. At the time it burned, it was across the street from the original police headquarters and Town Hall. By 1895, the lot had been proposed as one of the possible sites for a new Town Hall. Eventually “the Chase lot” on the corner of High and Main was chosen. The Nason lumberyard later became Willimantic Lumber and Coal.
 
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