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preachers on the New London circuit, a fine house of worship and a large atten
commenced preaching in private houses
The Catholic church, St. Patrick's, in this town has had two places of worship. The first edifice was built about 1870, on the Hebron and Middle Haddam turnpike, nearly midway between East Hampton and Middle Haddam, to accomodate its communicants who reside in the two
villages. The parish priest and curate of St. Mary's Church, Portland, attend to the various duties required in this church, which is a mission in connection with St. Mary's Church. A fine new church edifice was completed and dedicated in 1898. It was built on one of the finest spots in the village. The fine proportions of its outside, and inside, attest at once the good judgment of Rev. T. R. Sweeney as a
builder, in addition to his faithfulness as a celebrant, in the services at its altar, and the various duties which he is called to perform, in his ministrations to this people. We learn that in the near future this church will have a priest regularly stationed, and its relation discontinued as a mission of the Portland Church. Candor compels me to say that this people are setting the brethren of the other churches of the place a good example in the neatness with which the church, both outside and inside, is kept; and the proverbial reverence for the altar of God's house ever shown by the devotees of this faith are worthy of emulation by everybody.
Lutherans of Swedish descent
having become quite numerous in this place have for some time held services in private houses. The service is conducted by Rev. L. P. Ahlquist of Portland, one of the foremost of the Swedish Lutheran ministers in the United States. The Lutheran communicants of East Hampton have recently purchased the edifice which was once used by the Union Congregational Church, at the corner of Main and
High Streets, renovated it, and dedicated it as
the place of their worship, Sunday, May 14,1899, with impressive services. These recent comers from the northern part of Europe are like the last preceding mentioned, giving
the native-born citizens good examples in the neat appearance of their church and its surroundings.
The last church which we mention as having an existence in East Hampton was one familiarly known to the people as the "Comeouters." It was made up of some very good brethren and sisters who withdrew from the Methodist body in 1848. They conducted their worship quite after the manner of the "Disciples' Church,"or United Brethren. Its membership was
small and by the removals by death, it soon became extinct. They depended on each other usually for carrying on the Sunday or other service, only occasionally having some itinerant brother to minister to them. The last one of these was Brother Peter Felty, a German who hailed from New Jersey, a very ardent temperance advocate. An old resident of the place informs me that in his last appearance in the role of exhorter that he commenced his address as follows: "Brethren and sisters I am a Deemocrat, but if I was going to "wote" I think I should "wote" the Whig ticket."
He evidently did
not want any politics in his temper
ance or religion,
and by this, would expurgate both from its baneful effects.
Of the schools in this town want of space prevents me from mentioning at length. It is believed that they are in good hands and that the rising generation are being well trained to become worthy successors of the present business force of the town, as the latter are of their immediate predecessors. Pictures of the school buildings accompanying will remind many readers of the halcyon days of youth. One especially of the old Center School house in
East Hampton, which, with an almost "broken back" is doing duty as a smithshop, while a new one, not far from its former site, finely situated, quite complete in its appointments, serves the present generation of scholars. In the old one the writer strove with a good measure of success nearly forty years ago, to lead out, and lead up, to better qualifications for the duties of life, many who are now the business men of East Hampton, and it is with a slight twinge of the nerves that cn
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the occasional greeting of one of these old pupils who tells of his grandchildren going to school, I find that teacher and pupils of yore are growing old.
The construction of the Hebron and Middle Haddam, and the Colchester and Chatham turnpikes about 1808-10, were of advantage to Chatham in that era of its progress. A mail route over the latter road was established from Middletown to New London, having way offices at Middle Haddam, East Hampton, and Westchester P. O., which, by the way, was established in 1817, within the bounds of Chatham, at Comstock's Bridge. Hon. Franklin G. Comstock, being the first postmaster for that office, and on remov
DR. FRANCIS D. EDGERTON.
ing to the village of East Hampton in 1818 he was postmaster as well as Judge of Probate for many years, and Associate Judge of the Superior Court until his removal to Hartford at a later date. His digest of the Probate Laws is as complete as any which has been published.
The postman rode this route once a week each way, carrying, so I am informed by an old resident, a good sized pair of "saddle bags" to hold small packages for those who had errands to send by him at the towns at either end of his route, or at "way stations." This seems quite primitive, compared with the railroad, freight, mail, express, telegraph and telephone facilities of to-day. But this answered the purpose in that stage of the noiseless prcgress which this country has made during the passing century.
At the May session of the General Assembly, 1791, a resolution was passed authorizing the towns of Chatham and Colchester to erect a bridge, which these towns jointly maintain, over Salmon River, which runs for a very short distance through the southeastern part of Chatham,
and is known as Comstock's Bridge, which is mentioned in the Resolution as being 7 rods and 7 links southwest of the dividing line between the towns. By this it appears that the bridge is entirely in Chatham town. A Mr. Miller settled in the south part of the society of East Hampton very early. The hill where he lived, over which the turnpike from Colchester was built, has always been called Miller's Hill. It is now the place of residence of many citizens and was greatly beautified in appearance by the fine rows of trees which are on either side of its main street These trees, rock maple, are a living monument to the late Dr. Francis D. Edgerton, who was widely known in this and surrounding towns as a most skillful physician, also to his son, Dr. F. D. Edgerton of Middletown, and to all others who planted them. No man short of the late Dr. Ashbel Woodward of Franklin was oftener called in counsel, and no physician ever practiced in this section who was more beloved for his skill, faithfulness and integrity. He died in 1870, aged 73- He married Miss Marietta Daniels, who is still living at their home.