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V-iVv-' 'V-'' •. • •• ! : ;"> • ' ->;'- / • • ' '' • • \ " .i- .:. :*i~/'-:\•-• ,'ii" - •* v ••*.'. - . ? • .- ":::•' '• .>•-- - .•• -V'V:-;^ '••;< •• •/•••' •^/'••.•••::?? ' V . V i^' "", ' •;;V- - : v -.r-^ : ^"-r. i: ;.v:,;jr : >Sv '' Sao h QODARD (&« ^ 3' '^ - CI# ^.Stata TAh*kJ.J -rfiV;. " T v - Jtf> r " " IE ONCY NEWSPAPER PRINTED IN THE TOWN OF ENFIELD; COVERS MORE THAN TWENTY-TWO SUBURBAN DISTRICTS, COMBINING A POPULATION OF MORE THAN 25.00D BETWEEN HARTFORD AND SPRINGFIELD - IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE IN IT ESTABLISHED 1880 Weather: Thursday fair andcolder. THOMPSONVIIiLE, CONNECTICUT; THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1919 Single Copy 5 Cents VOL. XL., NO. 35 To Wm. J. Reception !E ;n u\ I! in ,,P2P? *«|S#I National Knights of Columbus • Officers Will Participate.—Parade of Catholic Societiesgg and Fourth Degree Knights A Feature. •ST* ' -~~ iJS^—^Washington I r v i n g Council, p|||acnights of Columbus, will tender a jfef|--welcome. home reception_io attorney ip^'William J. Miilligan, who has been -chairman of the Knights of <Colum- |||i| bus War Activities Committee for the past two years next Sunday |pi|.evening in St. Patrick's church. ||§f-Chairman Mulligan will" be escorted Is .from his home to St. Patrick's ||i| .church by. a parade of Catholic so- -j,,"'Cieties, led by the Carpet City band fp^ .and the Father Matthew Boy Scouts drum corps. The line of march will S~£j' also include members of the 4th Rev. William F. O'Brien, assistant' pastor will be master of ceremonies. The choir under the direction of organist Miss Dorilda Castonguay, will' render a special musical program. Informal addresses will be made by Bishop John J. Nilan and Auxiliary Bishsp John G. Murray, of Hartford, Supreme Knight James A. Flaherty of 'Philadelphia, and other supreme officers of the order, from New Ilaven and New York. T^ev. William 'F. O'Keefe of. Norwich, a (personal friend of Mr. Mulli-ii §s ;J| B • A ' > " Chairman Wm. J. Mulligan Arrived home from France this afternoon. >*' * "" ^•Si deggree assembly Knights of Columbus of Springfield and Hartford, prominent members'of the Knights of Columbus order from •other parts of the country, including Supreme Knight James Flaherty, the members of Samuel Brown Post •and the Soldiers' and Sailors' club. The exercises in the church will '••'commence -promptly at 7 o'clock. gan's, will ^deliver the principal address of welcome. A featuro of the exercises will be the presentation of a most historic testimonial to Chairman Mulligan, namely, an -oil painting of himself and Cardi ir.l I.lercier conversing at the home o~ thJ cardinal in Belgium • list prior t : ;he latter's start on his trip to this country. MERIDEN CASKET HARDWARE CO. MERGES WITH WEST-FIELD PLATE CO. ; Edward Stanley Klein to be General '.'•"-^•:-'.,vV':; Manager. • ,v' "'! / -. . At a meeting of the stockholdars of the Westfield Plate Company held on Monday favorable action was taken on the project that has been pending for several weeks to merge with the International Casket Hardware Company of Meriden, of which Edward Stanley Klein, formerly of this village and son of William Klein of Pearl street, is manager and his father-in-law, Arthur 'Manning of iSouth Manchester is president! The "Westfield 'Plate Company was organized September 1, 1884, and since that time has been one of the town's leading industries. About twelve years ago the iplant acquired the business of the Peabody Pry Goods Company, makers of dry goods used for burial purposes. Charles C. Munn of Springfield was president of the company for many years, but since- the death of Mr. Munn a few years ago William H. Seeley of Chicago became president. Herbert L. Vietts, secretary and general manager of the company, died about a month ago and Mr. 'Seeley has since been acting'in that capacity. About 125 hands are employed at the local plant at the present time, and 90 are employed at Meriden, so that under the merger it is expected that the firm will give employment to approximately 200 hands. The "equipment from the Meriden plant will be transferred to Thompson-ville, and it is also probable that employes of the Meriden factory, who so desire, will be given employment here. The Westfield Plate Company factory is a brick structure four stories high and is located directly <5n the main line of the New Haven railroad, and there is ample space for the new company to enlarge the plant, if found necessary. iMr. Manning will continue as president of the consolidated company and Mr. Klein will- be secretary, treasurer and general manager. -His father, William Klein of Pearl street, is a very heavy stockholder in the 'Connecticut Casket' Company of New Haven, which was incorporated under the Connecticut laws a few months ago. WITH TWELVE THOUSAND OF OUR BOYS STILL ALONG THE RHINE, PURCHASER IS JUSTLY INDIGNANT. A resident went into one of the principal stores in Thompson-ville Saturday and bought a quantity of Christmas tree decorations. On reaching home she was surprised and indignant to read on the end of the box the words "Made in Germany". She expressed her feelings to a representative of The Press in true American style. With the war not over yet, 12,000 or more of our boys still along the Rhine, and no punishment in sight .for the monstrous offenders against law and decency, for the attainment of which we sacrificed /thousands of young lives and untold', wealth, this action on the part of ihe keeper of a store in lAmerica is considered un patriotic, to say the least. In several towns representatives of the American Legion have requested dealers to desist from handling these goods, until peace is declared at least. Unfortunately for Thompsonville there is no post of the American Le gion here; but in the-Soldiers' and •Sailors' Club we ouglit to have something just as good^ when it becomes necessary to frown on the palming off on patriotic citizens the enemy's • goods for the sake of the dollars to be gained thereby. CHURCHES HOLD PLEASING EXERCISES COMMEMORATING CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY 10 LEAVE TOWN METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE SUPT. TRANSFERRED TO LARGER FIELD. John M. iMellor, who for the past 11 years has been superintendent of the Thompsonville branch of the Metropolitan 'Life ' Insurance Company, with offices in the Mulligan block, has been transferred to a similar -position in a much larger field and will begin his work'in his new location January 5. Mr. Mellor's successor here has not been announced at the time of this writing. Under Mr. Mellor's supervision the busines of the company in this district has shown marked success, ho being recognized by the company as one of their most capable Superintendents. During his residence in town Mr. Mellor has taken an active interest in civic and industrial matters of the community. He is a member of the Board of Trade and also lias umerous fraternal affiliations, among them the Odd Fellows, Masons, Foresters and Masonic club. Mr. Mellor's family will not leave town before spring. x III GOOD WILL CIRCLE OBSERVE IMPORTANT OCCASION WITH INTERESTING PROGRAM TO BE HELD IN ST. ANDREW'S, ST. PATRICK'S AND ST. ADALBERT'S CHURCHES CHRISTMAS DAY. Large congregations were the rule at the Christmas services held in the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches Sunday. Splendid musical programs were given by the church choirs and sermons appropriate to the holiday season preached by the respective pastors. The pageant "Following the Star" given by the young people of the Enfield Congregational church Sunday evening was probably the most praiseworthy local event of the day. The singing by a group of young ladies was superb, and the character representations of the shepherds, wise men and "all nations" were true to life. The .pageant was under the direction of Mrs. A. B. Hath-away. In St. Andrew's Episcopal church Christmas Day there will be services at 7 and 10 o'clock; the latter service will be a carol service. Holy communion will be celebrated at both services by the pastor, Rev. D. Russ Judd, and there will be a special niusieal program by the church choir. I CHRISMS TREE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MONDAY NIGHT. DECEMBER 2&TH. Good Will Circle of King's Daughters observed the 30th anniversary of the organization of the society last week Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Ernest Moody on Windsor street, Thompsonville. Airs. Howard Pease, leader, called the meeting to order. A short address of welcome was given by Mrs. M. E. King, followed by a very interesting paper on the work of the King's Daughters by Mrs. E. Howard Per.se. •Mrs. George B. McLeish, the secretary, read several letters from former members and congratulatory letters from Mrs. Ira Forbes of Hartford and Mrs. Clara Potter of Norwich, former state presidents, and Mrs. Waters, acting state secretary. Mrs. Nella Bardwell of Hazard-ville who is spending the winter in I'arasota. Fla., and who was the lirst leader of the circle, holding the oifice for the first fifteen years-, sent a very interesting letter from the South, which was also read. The report of the secretary was very gratifying and covered the work of the circle for the past tliirtj years. Mrs. Emma Farnham of Hartford- .-i charter intmber, was the guest of the evening. -. After the business meeting the members entered the dining room and enjoyed a bountiful supper. All reported a most pleasant and social evening, which will long be remembered. The Christmas Day services in St. Patrick's church will comprise four masses to be celebrater at 5.30 and 10.30 which will be high masses, and low masses at T and 9 o'clock. After the 10.30 service there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Special music \\iil be rendered by the church choir under the direction of the organist Miss Dorilda Castonguay. Sermons appropriate to the season will be preached by the pastor and ihis assistants. GAMBLERS TORN ing frequenters of the gambling . house and each paid $7.33 and STATE'S EVIDENCE ! costs. The result of the raid netted ' tho town .treasury the sum of §252.13. ' . - •' .;• <iAMRLIXG HOUSE IMtOl'lMKTOKS HEAVILY FINED l'OI.T.OW- $0 -• . IXG SUNDAY RAID. James Capsonlos, 29, an dMiclu?! Agranidis, 30, were arraigned before hip j For U, S. Press Was Launched Tuesday i§ it M m Sl»: 'Judge Bushnell in the police court Monday morning, charged with keeping "a gambling house; also having their place open on Sunday for such purposes. Both men are proprietors • of the Greelc coffee house on West street. On eacii •count they wore fined each $50 aiid the costs of court, amounting to .$22.81, which were divide:! between, them, . The coffee >ouse'\vas raided Sim-day by the police, and nine men ' were arrested, five Polish and four Greeks, as frequenters, besides the proprietors. At the court session Monday the Polish men turned State's evidence and were used as witnesses against the proprietors by the court, and no charge was brought against them. The other four Greeks were charged with be- Tlie American Press, a ship named in recognition of the services the American newspapers during the ivsr. was launched Tuesday at the IJo;c fs'and plant. The sponsor was Miss Elizabeth C. Stone, daughter of Melville E. Stone,' general manager of the Associated Press. The ship is the seventy-seventh to be launched at that plant, and is a steel cargo-carrying vessel of 7825 deadweight tons, with a lengtli of 401 feet and 54 feet beam. The Press is issued on Wednesday this week because of the holiday Thursday. TREE EXERCISES 5 P! The Community Christmas Tree was placed in position on Briscoe's lot on North Main street Saturday afternoon by employees of the Bige^ low-Hartford Carpet Company. The tree is about 50 feet high and will be illuminated by many colored lights. It will be lighted this evening at 5 o'clock and every evening during the Christmas season until New Years Day. The program around the tree will consist of the singing of Christmas ,„carols by the children -of the public and parochial schools, with cornetist Henry 'Schon-rock accompanying the singers. Italian, Polish and Greek residents have also been invited to attend and sing the Christmas carols of their native countries. First 'Selectman tlip J. Sullivan will deliver the address. To the Woman's club and officials of the BigelowyiH^irtford Carpqf. Company is due the credit for arranging for the Community Christmas Tree, which is the first in the history of the village. ' ' -x :——' ' ' ' LETTERS TO THE E DUTIES OF VISITING NURSE HAS OUTfiROWN THE CAPACITY OF ONE NURSE. MICK E SAYS In St. Adalbert's Polish church j there will be high masses at G and i 10.30 o'clock and low mass at S | o'clock. Special music will be given by the choir under the direction of I lives have been saved and untold PWHHOS, DOC-Vf OVT t* \OtAT\WT \(N\ SOSt-Z fV< Nfc, HGCUX. \ HOU.CP. ONCE UM tw jJ \NUU.G\ fNV.V. V VAOPE \S 'IV? NOO (j L\K£ tWT= P.S \UE\_\. fvS \ \_\\<^ * NOU PsK1 VF -SOVJVV. JfcST PHC.rC ij ON F£\M CP -tttESfc "T\PS \W\ 1 .poftsiN1 oo-r, rr'u. t&ke ma.! -th' gpaef out'u -rue neVns- *>FV?CP. INN' EMV,N OAVLU e>s OE.'ST UVKE VASftMEM 'R.OVJN© fk fuvs cFF\ce\ OW,BOS'.\'.\ The Press wishes all its readers On account of next | a M0rry Christmas and prosperous Thursday being New Years -Day the same proceodure will be observed, and advertiser^ and others are reminded of the necessity for getting their copy in our hands on Tuesday. w\ ... . New Year. <« * Miss Dorothy Brainard is at home from Wellesley college for the holiday vacation, .;•.; • wp m the organist, .Miss Mary .Javorski. A Christmas sermon will be deliv-i ered by the pastor Rev. Stanislaus Federkiewicz. In the church Friday morning there will lie a high mass at eight ! o'clock. The churches will be attractively decorated with evergreens, ferns and cut flowers. ASSESSORS AT WORK ON NEW GRAND LIST The local board of assessors have cmpleted its inspection of all taxable property in the town of Enfield and are now at work on the grand list, which will be greatly increased this year, as the board'on its tour of inspection about the town i-ame across some properties that were listed at less than 20 per cent, of their actual value, while on the other hand there were certain pieces of taxable property that were taxed at from 75 to 00 percent, of their market value. The largely increased grand list of the assessors may enable the citizens to raise a sufficient amount of revenue fro:n taxes to meet the expenses of the town. Enfield Firemen's Ball Next Month. Assistance Asked for Maintaining a Worth-While Endeavor. To the editor of The Press: About ten years ago, the idea was conceived by that excellent altruistic body, the Woman's Club of Enfield, of engaging the services of a graduate nurse to attend to those in need of her services in the community. Time has proven the value of the noble endeavor. A Life insurance company quickly saw the economic value of the plan and contributed its support. Since then the people of vision in our town voted at a Town Meeting to appropriate help, and the good that is being accomplished is inexpressible. Many On Monday evening, December 29, at 7 o'clock in the First Presbyterian church rather unusual Christmas exercises will be held. Instead of having the. customary exchange of gifts among the members of the church and bible school, an attempt will be made to have exercises of interest to the whole community. During the evening there will be singing of carols, selections from the cantata "The Holy Infant," and some congregational singing. The main feature of the evening, however, will be the loading of the tree. When the service begins the tree will be appropriately decorated but bare of gifts. Later on the tree will be loaded with gifts from young and old, the gifts not to be for anyone in the church or bible school, but to be for some stranger. it is understood there are some children in town who will have no "regular Christmas." and that als.> there are adults who are actually in need of food, clothing, etc. Then there are throughout the state various orphanages and homes for crippled children to all of which places Christmas gifts may very appropriately be sent. Everyone, - therefore, is urged to bring "white gifts" for this tree: toys for children, candy, fruit, clothing, vegetables, preserves, foodstuff. and the thousand one other things that make life pleasant and comfortable. Every gift will go to some deserving one, regardless of name, race, creed, or station in life. This is a community affair in its scope and anyone can freel> take part in the exercises. The gifts will be distributed with the aid of the 'town officials and others who can most wisely decide where the offerings will do the most good. WILL YOU DO YOUR PART? During the evening's program moving pictures of the birth and early life of Christ will be shown. No admission, no charges, and no collection will be taken. Everything free. Just come with something for the other fellow and make the evening one of happiness for yourself as well as for others. "It is more blessed to give than it is to receive." suffering alleviated. But the work has grown beyond the powers of any one nurse to accomplish. If the best results are to be attained, there should be an additional nurse, or the present nurse provided with an automobile, which she might drive herself, and accomplish twice as much good. Other towns no larger than Thompsonville have seen the wisdom of aiding their visiting nurse in this manner: Roekville and ?ullic!d, our neighboring towns included. The writer is in a position to know, and we are sure that our .local doctors will agree with us. 'that this service is doing a wonderful amount of good, and we hope jome means may be provided to furnish this angel of mercy with a c a r . We n o n - . ' o f m k n e w l i o s c o n we may need her skill and comforting presence in our own families. J. M. ODD FELLOWS INCORPORATE Friendship Lodge Form Association to Buv Brainard Property. The annual reception and ball of i the Enfield Fire Department, whicn promises to lie one of the social events of the winter season, will i take place in the old Town hall on i Enfield street Friday evening, Jan- ( uary 1fi. . C. F. Sullivan Elected President The Odd Fellows' Hall Association of Enfield have filed papers <v incorporation at the office of th:.- Secretary of State. The capital |- $20,000 and the purpose of the association is to purchase and mail Mil as an Odd Fellows' buildin the brick block on High street, ir-which the lodge rooms are now li cated. This is to be a stock organization and shares will be sold only to members of the order. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. McCue and family of Walnut street lr Tuesday morning for Philadelphia Pa., where they will pass the hol: days with Mrs. McCue's parents, vho will observe the 50tli anniversary of their' marriage this week. >At :: metring of the Bigelow-Hart-ford Atheletie club held this week, C. F. Sullivan was elected president and the other officers are as follows: vice-president John P. Con io. • ,e-cording secretary, William Ilutton, Sr.: financial secretary, Stanton Ferguson; treasurer, William -H. Bragir.ton: trustees, Thomas Har-; •tgrave, Arthur Everitt and Fned Lyman. THE PRESS IS FOR SALE By the following Newsdealers : Hunter & Company, Main Street. Chestnut's News Store, Main St. Leander's, Pleasant Street. A. Tatoin's, Pearl Street. Mitchell's News Store, Pearl and High Streets. M. W. Hullivan, Pearl Street. And by a full brigade of Live News Boys every Thursday evening.
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ESTABLISHED 1880 Weather: Thursday fair andcolder. THOMPSONVIIiLE, CONNECTICUT; THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1919 Single Copy 5 Cents VOL. XL., NO. 35
To Wm. J.
Reception !E ;n u\
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Participate.—Parade of Catholic Societiesgg
and Fourth Degree Knights A Feature.
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