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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".

Laying of cornerstone at the new WWW Filtration Plant.Senator Matthew Daly, WPA Administrator for Connecticut (left) and Willimantic Mayor Pierre J. Laramee (right) are pictured at the July 10, 1936 ceremonial cornerstone laying for a new filtration plant at the Willimantic Water Works. The project also included improvements to the flood control dam. The dam had been damaged in a recent flood and the lower Bricktop area had been flooded.



Governor Cross at WCMHMay 11, 1932. Governor Wilbur Lucius Cross speaks at the dedication of the new Windham Community Memorial Hospital. In 1929, it was decided that St. Joseph's Hospital on Jackson needed much more space than was available. Cooperation between St. Joseph's hospital board and local businesses and benefactors led to the planning and building of the new hospital.




Teams prepare to raise funds (shares)
for a new Hotel.
These teams were preparing to  to raise funds (shares) for “Willimantic’s Greatest Need”. The “need” was a new hotel. One hundred forty-seven men were divided into teams and canvassed the town selling “stock” for the new Nathan Hale Hotel. Originally, a corporation, called “The Community Hotel Corporation”, led by William Jordan and James Fullerton, filed the corporation paperwork. The goal of the teams was to raise $276,000 for the building of the hotel. The amount raised was $225,100

 Governor Cross
 1934 outing at "The Oaks" in North Windham
In the 1930’s, Windham County Democrats held semi-annual “outings” to present the upcoming "ticket". Upwards of 500 people would attend these outings. During his terms as Governor, Wilbur Cross was a regular visitor. Governor Wilbur Cross (wearing coat and tie) is speaking. To Gov. Cross’ right, in light colored pants and shirt and wearing a bowtie, is Mr. Timmins. To Mr. Timmins right is Congressman Maloney. The second man from Maloney's right is (we THINK) State Representative William M. Citron who was to go on the be elected as a Representative to the U.S. 74th and 75th Congress.

1934 Democratic outing
The speaking programs were long. At the outing in 1934, for example, attendees heard from Willimantic Attorney Arthur Kelley who introduced the program and 14 other speakers. Here, the speaker is Congressman Francis Thomas Maloney, a U.S. Representative from Connecticut from 1933 to 1935 and a U.S. Senator from Connecticut from 1935 to 1945. To Maloney’s right is Mayor James M. Hurley (Willimantic Mayor 1932-1935). To Hurley’s right is Pierre J. Laramee, ( Willimantic Mayor, State Representative and State Senator). To Laramee’s right , we think is Mrs. Minnie Flynn
 
President Roosevelt visits WillimanticPresident Theodore Roosevelt made a brief visit to Willimantic on August 25, 1902. His train, going from Hartford to Providence, stopped at the Bridge Street crossing. Roosevelt was escorted to a carriage which took him to Lincoln Square where he gave a short speech.

President Roosevelt visits Willimantic

President Roosevelt visits Willimantic

President Roosevelt visits Willimantic




President Roosevelt visits Willimantic


President Roosevelt visits Willimantic


President Roosevelt visits Willimantic


President Roosevelt visits Willimantic



President Roosevelt visits Willimantic



President Roosevelt visits Willimantic


The Liberty Bell visits Willimantic
 A crowd of over 5,000 gathered at the railroad station in June, 1903, to see the Liberty Bell. The train stopped at the station for a short ceremony and moved on after about twenty minutes.





ATCO's 1937 Employees' Benefit Show



ATCO's 1937 Employees' Benefit Show


ATCO's 1937 Employees' Benefit Show

American Thread Workers' StrikeSee special gallery of Strike photos.
Baseball Game at Windham FieldHere we see a crowd of people attending a baseball game at Windham Field. Memorial Park was originally known as Windham Field, and served for many years as the home of the Willimantic Colts, the city's professional baseball team. The stadium was removed in 1917, and the field was landscaped to memorialize those from Willimantic who died during World War One.


Windham Field
(Later renamed Memorial Park)

Operation Willimantic Plan
Civil Defense Exercise and Parade
On 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"

Saint Jean Baptiste Society Convention
The St. Jean Baptiste Society's national convention was held in Willimantic amidst much pageantry and celebration in Sept., 1904.



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.


  

Willimantic Fair - Balloon Ascension
Preparations are being made for a balloon ascension and parachute jump that occurred during the Willimantic Fair of September, 1910. On three different days, aeronaut Vincent Morris made the ascension and jump. On thr third day’s jump, he gave the crowd a scare as the parachute almost landed in the Willimantic River.



Rev. Francis Mulville's Funeral
Father Francis X. Mulville was extremely community oriented and was a member of several organizations and groups. They included the Knights of Columbus, the Montgomery Hose Company and the Willimantic Gun Club. As evidenced by the picture postcard, a large group gathered at the Willimantic Train Station. At Willimantic, the officers of the Montgomery Hose Company boarded the train and accompanied the body, "to its last resting place at Simsbury

Getting ready for Pres. Taft's arrival in
Willimantic for Old School and Home week.
President William Howard Taft was the third of the three Presidents who were in Willimantic.

 
Old School and Home Week In 1915, now as Former-President,  William Howard Taft was guest of Honor at the Old School and Home Week. The Thursday of that week, June 24th, was referred to as “Willimantic and Windham’s Biggest Day”.
 

Old School and Home Week
 

Old School and Home Week
The reviewing stand at the Town Hall


 
Old School and Home Week
The parade passes the reviewing stand at the
Town Hall


 
Old School and Home Week

Old School and Home Week

 

Old School and Home Week


Old School and Home Week

 
1940 Train wreck in South Windham.
 The train wreck occurred in April, 1940. The locomotive and tender of a Central Vermont train derailed in South Windham when the rails split apart due to a collapse of the road bed. Such a large crowd gathered that State Police had to direct traffic on RT 32. The train had been moving slowly - it was backing up to some other cars.

 

Lizee Jewelers Grand OpeningA crowd has gathered on Main Street for the grand opening of Lizee Jewelers on May 3, 1952. Mr. Lizee moved his original store from the second floor in the same building to the ground level. Rex Restaurant occupied the space on the 1st floor prior to Lizee Jewelers. The crowd gathered in front of the store because Mr. Lizee was to announce the winning ticket for a grand prize offered to all customers.

Elks Fair 1940
Arthur Roy is shown announcing the high wire act of Betty and Benny Fox at the 1940 Elks Fair.
Elks FairThis was the highlight of the Labor Day weekend in Willimantic for almost 40 years. It was last held in 1952.

Elks Fair Raffle PrizesHere are some of the cars that were raffled off at the 1940 Elks Fair.


Windham's Bicentennial Celebration
Windham Green

Solar Eclipse
On January 24, 1925, almost five thousand people gathered on Hosmer Mountain to witness a total eclipse of the sun. The photo shows people leaving the site. Over a thousand people had come from Boston on two special trains.




First Airmail Delivery
May 19, 1938
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Laurence Olivier and Viven Leigh
 "Drop In"

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