Bicycle Fines

[Branford Opinion, Apr 29, 1899 p4 col1]

For the benefit of our many bicycle riders we publish section 1, chapter CXXX of the public acts of the state of Connecticut of 1897. This is the law being enforced in New Haven and other cities in the state. If Branford would follow their good example there would be fewer accidents. The law is as follows:

Whoever, without the permit provided for in section three of this act, rides in a public highway, street, square, or park, within the territorial limits of any city, borough, or thickly populated portion of any village, a bicycle or tricycle at a rate of speed exceeding ten miles an hour, or rides such machine on a sidewalk, or in the streets, squares, or parks of any city, town, or borough, unless the same is provided with a suitable alarm bell adapted for use by the rider, or shall fail to ring such alarm bell within a reasonable distance before overtaking and passing any person, or rides such machine on a sidewalk, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding twenty dollars for each offense, and shall be further liable for all damages occasioned to any person by such unlawful act.

Note: The following item was on the next page of the same paper:

It behooves all bicycle riders who go to New Haven to comply with the state law in reference to ringing their bells. The police have been instructed to arrest all offenders and last Saturday took in sixteen among the number being Clifford Judson, formerly of this town. Mr. Judson was discharged however, in the city court Monday.

Ball Playing on the Green

[Branford Opinion, Apr. 1, 1899 p4 col1]

The attention of our authorities is called to the fact that ball playing has been resumed upon the green. Last year notice was given through these columns the law would be enforced, and there is no reason why the law should not be enforced this year. We have a large baseball ground where everybody is privileged to play ball and this lot should be used instead of tearing up the turf on the green which the Improvement society are laboring so hard to raise money enough to keep in a presentable appearance.

Electric Lights Again.

[Branford Opinion, Mar. 28, 1896 p4 col3]

The electric light plant was put in operation again Monday. The engine, which was badly damaged by an accident Friday, is now repaired and is in better shape than it ever was. The repairs which were quite extensive were made in the quickest time on record. It was necessary to make two large castings besides several minor parts. The castings were poured Saturday night and the work of finishing them was commenced at once. This work took until 9 p.m. Sunday. At daylight Monday morning the work of putting the engine together was commenced under the supervision of W. E. Crane of the New England Engineering company and at 3 o'clock the machinery was put in operation and everything worked to perfection.

Dangerous Road

[Branford Opinion, Mar. 14, 1896 p4 col1]

Probably the most dangerous piece of road in town is at Indian Neck, opposite the Montowese house. The bank has been steadily washing away for the last few years, until it is now caved in to within about two feet of the wheel track. Should any thing frighten a horse and cause him to shy the driver and vehicle would meet with a sad mishap as they would undoubtedly be thrown on the beach 25 feet below. This, however, is no fault of the town, as the driveway is private and the time is not far distant when it will have to be run in another direction.

Case to be Dropped

[Branford Opinion, Mar. 4, 1899 p4 col1]

The case of Frederick L. Hibbard, formerly postmaster at Stony Creek charged with a shortage in his accounts, came up before Judge Townsend of the United States Court, in New Haven, Tuesday. An arrangement was made before court adjourned whereby the count against him will be dropped providing he pays $1,200 within a week. This includes the money that he owes the government and a fine of about $500.

A look back at Branford's past as it happened more than 100 years ago, from the pages of the Branford Gleaner, Branford News, and Branford Opinion and Guilford Echo.

The Publishers

The Branford Gleaner.
(1878-1880)Branford Gleaner Co.
The Branford News.
(1878) Charles A. Crouch, Editor.
Philo Hall, Publisher
The Branford Opinion.
(1896-Nov. 1902) Frederic A. Finch, Editor and Publisher
(Nov. 1902-Nov. 1903) William Sheffield, Editor and Publisher (Nov. 1903-1911) Elias P. Bates, Editor and Proprietor
(Dec. 1911-1913) F.J. Windisch, Editor and Proprietor
E. P. Bates, Associate Editor




A population of 6,047 (census of 1910)
Ample Railroad facilities
Trust Company and Savings Bank
The Blackstone Public Library
Twenty-minute trolley service to and from
   New Haven
Forty-minute trolley service to and from Guilford, Saybrook and other places on the
   east shore
Up-to-date High School and first-class
   school system
Five Churches in the borough
First Class Hotel
Fire Department, including a chemical
Twelve miles of State Roads
Electric lighting, gas and water systems
Progressive Business Men's Association
Malieable Iron Fittings, Wire Mill, Steel
   and Brass Foundries and Galvanizing Plant
Fraternal and Benefit organizations
Up-to-date Stores
Healthy climate at all seasons


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