Sunday, March 29, 2015

page 152 -- Edwin P. Marshall, dentist, Lily Langtry, Adelaide Phillips' House, Abr Cadden clothing, 1883 CT state fair, Gov. Waller, Gemmill, Burnham & Co.

updated 17 January 2017
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Burlington, VT
Cor. Bank & Church St. in Aug 2013,
courtesy Google Street View
Dr. Marshall's office might have been nearby.

Adelaide Phillips was a famous opera star (contralto) in the late 19th century. According to the following Google Books resource:




Spotting the home on Google Maps, however, was not possible. The Town of Marshfield House Survey (2008) reported the home had been razed:


Early 20th century post cards provide us with views of the Phillips residence:


This colorized post card shows typical Victorian garden landscaping, somewhat overgrown.


According to local residents in Marshfield as presented on South Shore Forums, there was more to this story. The Phillips home was razed after it burned:


The Music News reported on the donation of Adelaide Phillips' library after she died:





From Wikipedia: "Lillie Langtry (October 13, 1853 – February 12, 1929)

usually spelled Lily Langtry in the United States, born Emilie Charlotte Le 

Breton, was celebrated as a young woman of beauty and charm, who later 

established a reputation as an actress and producer."

Google Street View in 2011 captures
Asylum St. in Hartford near what I
speculate might have been the location of
Abraham Cadden Clothing

Thomas MacDonald Waller, was Governor from 1883-1885. Wikipedia has additional information on his career. A street in New London is named after him.

The New York Times reported (Sept. 19,1883, p.5) that the 1883 Connecticut State Fair had begun on the 18th with a parade "headed by 120 yoke of oxen gayly decorated with ribbons and bunting."
Otherwise, the highlight of the affair was expected to be Gov. Waller's speech on the 19th.


Edga F. Burnham of Willimantic (b.27 Aug 1849) came to Hartford as a clerk for James Gemmill, with whom he formed a partnership in April of 1871. (Info from Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut....v.1 edited by J.H. Beers & Co. via Google Books) They were quite proud of their new building, erected in 1882.

An ad from the Trinity Ivy for 1896 (p. 212 via Google Books) gives an idea of the services rendered by the store and reveals the address of their new building:


In 2011, no. 66 Asylum St. appears on Google Street View as a parking lot.

Some of the pictures above illustrate hair styles of the late 19th century. Here are some more:






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