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Pierre J. Laramee

Pierre J. "Pete" Laramee served as the mayor of Willimantic in 1937 and from 1940 - 1941. He also served as the first person of French Canadian descent to represent Willimantic in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1917-1918, and 1923-1924 and as a Connecticut State Senator from 1937 to 1942. He was the owner of "The Laramee Company", a thriving meat market on North Street and was a partner in the "Al-Pierre Dance Hall" on Valley Street.

Danny Dunn
Mayor Danny Dunn was a sports enthusiast and one of Willimantic's most outgoing Mayors. He was so popular that when he ran for his fourth term in 1911, no one would oppose him.

Hormisdas Dion

Mr. Dion was very involved in community affairs and was, at different times, the city assessor, member of the school board, councilman-at-large and alderman. His final civic office was that of Mayor of Willimantic. He became the city’s eighth mayor in December, 1923 but his term was cut short by a fatal heart attack on April 28, 1924.
 
Hormidas Dion

Oscar O. Tanner

Willimantic mayor Oscar O. Tanner operated a saloon and bottling works out of his building  at the corner of North Street (originally called Tanner’s Lane) and Main Street. Tanner served two terms as Mayor, in 1898-199 and again in 1904-1905.




Archille Vegiard. 
  
His name is actually misspelled on the card - it is Archille J. Vegiard. He was an Alderman from the Fourth Ward. For many years, he ran the Brick and Sullivan Shoe Store and he was a director of the Willimantic Savings and Loan Assn. He died in 1972.

Albert Piche
He was elected as the city tax collector and also served as a town auditor and was a Justice of the Peace. He was active in a large number of local societies and clubs. He died in 1955.


Margaret C. Hurley

Margaret Hurley was the wife of Willimantic Mayor James Hurley. She was elected as Representative of Windham to the State Legislature in Nov., 1934. A graduate of the Normal School, she was a schoolteacher and a member of the Democratic State Central Committee.

Willimantic's First City Government

1. Mayor George M. Harrington, 2. Alderman Charles A. Capes, 3. Alderman Herbert R. Chappell, 4. Alderman Michael Nelligan, 5. Alderman Walter D. Brifham, 6. James W. Hillhouse, 7. Walter Bennett, 8. Councilman James R. Ross, 9. Councilman Lorenzo Litchfield, 10. Councilman Fred Sanderson, 11. Councilman Edmond A. Parent, 12. Councilman Leander Freeman, 13. Councilman Anderson T. Walker, 14. Councilman Timothy J. Regan, 15. City Clerk and Treasurer Herbert A. Sanderson
 

Police Chief Grant Bombria
and Captain Frederick Laramie


Police 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.

Police Chief Grant Bombria
and Captain Frederick Laramie
Wh
en 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.



Mayor Laramee and
Corporation Counsel Gauche
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 Willimantic mayor Pierre J. Laramee (left) and City Corporation Counsel Harry S. Gaucher. They were preparing for a baseball game during the annual Elks outing. Laramee captained the Democrat team and Gaucher, the Republican team. Laramee and Gaucher both claimed victory. After a great deal of party oriented yet good natured bantering, it was still unclear as to who won the game


Ralph Crosthwaite

David Derosier


Alexis Caisse, Sr.Alexis J. Caisse,Sr. was in business as a building contractor and was active in Willimantic's social and political life, especially in French-Canadian organizations. He served as an Alderman of the second ward and then as Alderman-at-large. He was the father of longtime Streets Superintendent Alexis J. Caisse, Jr.
 
 
George Augustus Bartlett


"Yankee Farmer"


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The Rev. Roland Guilmette


The Rev. Florimond DeBruycker


Rt. Rev. Msgr J.U.J. Papillon



Rev. F. X. Mulville
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.


Abraham Krug

Abraham Krug inside his first lunch cart which was located on Union Street where the railroad tracks went across to Main Street. Years later he moved to a location on Main Street between Watson Street and Arnold’s Lane. 
 
Police Chief Grant Bombria

Police 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. 
 
Al Saba
At the Elks Fair

Al is doing doing what he did best, entertaining people. Al was named as “Mister Romantic Willimantic” in 1981 . He was an accomplished performer and over the years he worked as a singing waiter, performed at the hospital’s annual “Willim-Antics” Revues, sang with Saint Mary’s Church choir and entertained as a member of several local bands. He was probably best known for his High Street dry cleaning business with its motto of ,”You wear ‘em and mess ‘em, we’ll clean ‘em and press ‘em”. Al died in August, 1986.
 
Political Baseball Game

Willimantic Mayor Pierre J. Laramee (left) and City Corporation Counsel Harry S. Gaucher. They were preparing for a baseball game during the annual Elks outing. Laramee captained the Democrat’s team and Gaucher, the Republican team. At the end of the game, both Laramee and Gaucher claimed victory. After a great deal of good natured yet party oriented bantering, it was still unclear as to who won the game!

Lucius Bigelow

Lucius Bigelow was a tin peddler from Simsbury who made the rounds of the city on a regular basis. Peddlers, especially tin peddlers, often incurred the distaste of local businesses because peddlers paid no taxes.


Joe Corsi

Jim Sullivan


John J Maddox
Principal at WHS
1907-1910

Everett Peterson
Principal at WHS



Josephine Lauter Greer

The Rosen Family.

This picture was taken around 1915 on the corner of Mayo and Lafayette Streets. Frank and Bertha Rosen are the couple in the center of the picture. Their children (left to right) are Morris, Adele, Alice, Molly, Anna and Haskel . Among the Rosen’s business interests were the Windham Super Service Gas Station, an auto parts store and Eastern Live Poultry.

Paul Pinkiewicz

aka "Pinkie" of the Windham Police; picture taken in 1959 on Jackson Street, Willimantic. Notice the old "Windham Police" cruiser. (photo courtesy of Steve Marrotte)
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Sam Haddad

Dry goods peddler Sam Haddad and his son are in front of 62-66 Church Street. The store on the left belonged to Hiram Fenn. He was not only an undertaker but also a photographer and picture frame maker. He took many of the vintage photos of Willimantic that were turned into postcards. The other store belonged to grocer Frank Blish.
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Charlotte Cook

Fedor Litryn

The last owner of the Strand Theater, watches as the Broad Street building was razed during Willimantic’s Redevelopment period.

Bahish Fiesel ( also spelled Fysal)
photo courtesy of Bob Biron

Dr. Reuben Rothblatt




Allen B. Lincoln
Mr. Lincoln was one Willimantic's most prolific historians. His masterpiece was the two-volume "A Modern History of Windham County, Connecticut".





Joseph Octave Blanchette
Mr. Blachette operated a bakery and pastry shop on Church Street in the Pomeroy Block..


Joseph Comtois
Mr. Comtois owned a market on Main Street
 
Edmond Parent
Mr. Parent owned a tea store and candy shop on Union Street and was one of Willimantic's elected councilmen.


 
Joseph Mullen
Mr. Mullen was proprietor of a meat market on Union Street.

 
Dr. Charles Girard
Dr. Girard was considered to be one of Willimantic's finest physicians and he developed a large clientele.

 
Alphonse Chagnon
Mr. Chagnon worked in several grocery stores in Willimantic. He was instrumental in the organization of the Canadian Convention .
 
Arthur Potvin
Mr. Potvin ran a beauty salon in the Opera House but later moved to Union Street.

Hon. Eugene S. Boss
Mr. Boss was a State Senator, a Presidential Elector and, at one time, Warden of the Borough of Willimantic


Hon. J. Dwight Chaffee
Mr. Chaffee was the junior member and later, owner of the O.S. Chaffee and Son silk mill on Church Street.



Jerome B. Baldwin
Mr. Baldwin was partner in the Baldwin-Webb Clothing Store and Director of the Phillips Venetian Blind Company.



Amos T. Fowler
Mr. Fowler was a partner in the Carpenter and Fowler Hardware Store. He was a indham selectman from 1886-1889

Doctor Charles Fox
Dr. Fox practiced as a surgeon and was appointed surgeon-general of the CT National Guard.

Hon. William Gates
 Mr. Gates was State Senator and was a member of the GAR.

Hon. John Hall
Mr. Hall was a Willimantic attorney. Hee served as a Justice of the Peace, a School Visitor and was a director of the Dime Savings Bank.

"The Venerables"

"The Venerables". The criteria for joining the group was that a person needed to be at least 70 years of age. The first meeting was held in June, 1902 and the group continued to meet on a yearly basis for about 20 years. The picture, we think, is of the 1903 gathering.

John G. Keigwin
Mr. Keigwin was an overseer at the Windham Cotton Mfg. mills. He also ran a local retail store.
       

Archduke Leopold Maria of Austria,
Prince of Tuscany
(on left)

He emigrated to the United States where he was known as "Mr. Leopold H Lorraine". He moved to Willimantic, and settled into a small house with his second wife and spent the rest of his life as a factory worker. He became an American citizen in 1953. His ashes are in tomb 91 of the Imperial Crypt in Vienna



Dr. dwin G. Sumner
Dr. Sumner served as Assistant Surgeon in the Union Army's 21st Regiment. He was a director of the Dime Savings Bank.




Whiting Hayden



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