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Introduction to Dr. Keating's photo album. Pictures were taken during the Summer of 1912 during the smallpox epidemic. The Isolation Hospital was on Pleasant St. The handwriting is Dr. Keatings.
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The "new" Armory Pleasant Street looking East. Photo courtesy of Windham Historical Society.
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Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), prepares to leave Willimantic on June 24, 1916. They had been called to duty for the Mexican American Border War. President Wilson activated National Guard troops to reinforce garrisons along the border. On the morning of June 24th the Willimantic Fire Bell gave a "two hours 'til assembly" alert. People gathered at the Pleasant Street Armory. With all church bells ringing, government leaders, the police force and Wheeler's American Band escorted the troops to the train station. Note the troops and their gear. What we found really interesting about the pic is the fact that you can see the expressions on so many faces. Look toward the lower middle of the photo, for example, and notice the soldier shaking hands with another man. Then just below and to the left of that (near the train) is a couple talking to a soldier while a girl looks on...perhaps his parents and sister. Our soldiers from Willimantic were in Nogales for only a short period of time. Company L apparently didn't see any fighting but several soldiers sent letters back home complaining about the conditions they had to live in. Company L returned to Willi before the year's end and their return was a celebrated as their departure with the ringing of church bells, the fire bell, parades and, of course, speeches. They were mustered out of Federal service on October 24, 1916.
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Ayer Farm - Pleasant St. at the Lebanon linePic of the Week - January 24, 2013. The Ayer Farm was on Pleasant Street at the Lebanon town line. The farm was one of Willimantic’s largest suppliers of ice until April, 1934 when the five connected ice house buildings were destroyed by fire along with several tons of ice.
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Dedication of the new Willimantic ArmoryThis photo was taken prior to the January 31, 1913 dedication of the new State Armory on Pleasant Street. Gathered together are the members of the dedication committee. Captain Elmer Carpenter, commander of Company “L”, First Infantry, CTARNG, is flanked by Willimantic Mayor Danny Dunn (left) and Attorney William Arnold. Standing in back are businessman John F. Carr and Windham County High Sheriff Charles Gates.
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The Connecticut State Armory on Pleasant Street, built in 1912.
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South St. or John St. at intersection with Pleasant st.We are not sure what street the photo is taken from - probably John or South Street as it intersects with Pleasant Street. the spires of Saint Mary Church can be seen in the background. Pic of the Week - February 23, 2012
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1908 view of Hosmer MountainNick K says," the street in the front is Bridge Street (easily recognizable by the houses and natural landscape) . Hosmer Mountain dominates the background. Bridge Street eventually runs into Pleasant Street. The curved road in the distance leading to the hill is part of Mountain Street." Or, as Paul Ashton questions, "upI don't know when the Hosmer reservoir was built but you can see the road cut up the side of the mountain. I wonder if it was for the reservoir or the mica mine or both at that time. "
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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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Looking East on Pleasant StreetPhoto courtesy of Windham Historical Society.
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Bob ChasseBob Chasse of Willimantic pictured on the west end of Pleasant Street in 1912. Note the lack of trees and buildings and the clear view to Main Street.
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Willimantic Moose ClubThe Willimantic Moose Club, local 1440, was located in this fine house on the north side of Pleasant Street for many years. The house was built in 1848 for John Tracy, the Agent for the Windham Manufacturing Company's mills on Bridge Street. Tracy was a founder of the Willimantic Savings Institute in 1842. The building still stands just west of the Armoury. The Moose Club subsequently moved to Brook Street, and took over the old Polish Club, when that institution built a new club on Ives Street circa 1933.
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One of Willimantic's old blacksmith shopsThis pre-1900 photo shows a run down blacksmith shop. If you have any ideas about location of the building shown here, please let us know. Among the possibilities are the area of Bridge Street near Mountain St., Church Street near Valley Street or Pleasant Street near Park Street. Share your thoughts on our Forum or e-mail us - “contactus@threadcity.com
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Hebard Tavern The historic Hebard Tavern at the junctions of Windham Road and Pleasant Street, or the junctions of the old New London and Middletown turnpikes. It was built by Guy Hebard in 1825, and was Willimantic's first public house. .
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"The River Path"This was known as “River Path” or “River Walk”. It was authorized by the Court of Burgesses in July 1880 and was to be a walkway from Main Street to the New London Northern railway bridge and from there to Pleasant Street. It connected to a “flight of steps from the river bank to Pleasant Street” constructed by A.R. Morrison in 1879. According to newspaper reports, it was “well patronized and appreciated by parties living in that vicinity”. It was later replaced by the footbridge.
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The 1920 Willimantic Auto ShowThis was one of the exhibits at Willimantic’s first Auto Show, which was held in February, 1920 at the Pleasant Street Armory. Twenty local businesses had spaces there and exhibited automobiles, cycles and a huge range of accessories. The show itself was, as the “Willimantic Daily Chronicle” said, “an elaborate affair” and included military marches, local singers and orchestras. The Leonard Brothers Garage provided the three Reo automobiles in the picture; a touring car, a sedan and a roadster. Pic of the Week August 21 , 2014
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