RODE ON A HANDCAR.

"New Haven was reached after the greatest handcar race on record. The big, brawny Irishmen worked the cranks like majors, and they got the $200 too. Miss Anderson said it was the most exciting ride she had ever experienced in all her travels around both hemispheres on all sorts of trains and vehicles."

National Carriage Builders Convention, Carll’s Opera House, New Haven, Connecticut. October 18th and 19th, 1883

"While the National Carriage Builders' association were dining in Carll's opera house to-night, shortly after 11 o'clock, and one of the curtains in the parquette caught fire, creating a panic. Senator Platt was addressing the audience when the fire blazed up. Some cool-headed persons shouted, 'Sit down, there's no danger!' The band struck up 'Yankee Doodle' and the fire was soon extinguished. It was caused by a man striking a light for his cigar. There were about seven hundred persons in the theater at the time."

The Town Crier, by George Wickstrom

"Tomorrow will be the 88th birthday anniversary of Charles T. Carll... Like all men who have had a long and active life, Mr. Carll looks backward a great deal. His roots go deep in America's political and economic life. His boyhood home in New Haven, Conn., was across the street from the Yale university campus. The home was a large, historic mansion, but his father razed it to build there the Carll opera house."

Back from California.

"New Haven's old and esteemed citizen, Peter R. Carll, has returned from his stay in California to his Temple street residence and presents a picture of almost perfect robust health. In business there Mr. Carll displayed his characteristic pluck and energy, a commendable exhibition of which was presented to his fellow townspeople of New Haven when he planned and carried out the building of the Hyperion theater. He has bought the Sierra Madre Villa hotel, which is one of the most admirably located pieces of hotel property in all California and is situated in the midst of a semi-tropical paradise."

Dr. Winchell Takes Legal Possession and Receives the Keys

"The Carll Opera House has, to all appearances, at last passed into the hands and control of Dr. Winchell, who on Saturday took legal possession owing to failure on the part of Mr. Carll to meet his obligations... Manager Carll said last night that he had no ill feeling over the matter towards anyone... 'I have done much for the amusement-loving people of the city, and now owing to a mere technicality I am dispossessed. I'd rather not state what my plans are for the future. It wouldn't be policy for me to do so. Many well known and prominent citizens have come to me and expressed their sympathy over my present circumstances.'"

The Theater of New England

"[A] prominent trait of his character -- to give the people what they want and demand. Mr. Bunnell's long training with P. T. Barnum has schooled him thoroughly in the art of amusement catering... This is the ninth year of his theatrical management in New Haven, and the years have been successions of triumphs. Mr. Bunnell... is fully equipped to supply the people with the amusements they want, for [he] so thoroughly understand[s] the wants of the New Haven public. The time will come, added Mr. Bunnell, when the Hyperion will be denominated 'The theater of New England.'"

The Knights of St. Patrick and the Hyperion Cigar

Kilfeather was a native of Fair Haven. He learned the cigar manufacturing business at an early age and when 18 started his own business. At that time he was the youngest cigar manufacturer in the east. This is the public record of John P. Kilfeather, knight of St. Patrick, battler of organized labor, who named his signature New Haven-made cigar the Hyperion.

The Junior Prom. of the Class of 1883, by Frederick W. Rogers

"Mr. Frederick W. Rogers, '83, the chairman of the Promenade Committee of the Class of '83, has written for the News the following interesting account of the Promenade of 1882: 'Junior Prom, at Yale a quarter century ago, probably aroused as much interest, enthusiasm and pleasurable anticipation in the undergraduate world as the more elaborate… Continue reading The Junior Prom. of the Class of 1883, by Frederick W. Rogers

Yale’s first Banjo Club, by Marshall Bartholomew

-Image courtesy of the Yale Library, “The Yale Banner, Vol. 43,” 1884 "Music at Yale took an unexpected turn in the spring of 1884. The Glee Club, ever a generous brother to the physically rugged but financially ragged University Crew, staged a minstrel show on behalf of the Yale Navy. The event was put on… Continue reading Yale’s first Banjo Club, by Marshall Bartholomew

Carll’s Opera House: From Construction to Grand Opening Night

"Ex- United States marshal Peter R. Carll was probably fatally injured Saturday night by falling from the second story of his unfurnished opera house."-excerpt courtesy of The Rutland Daily Herald and Globe, Monday, September 17, 1877 "Ex-Marshall Carll's opera house scheme in New Haven has come to grief by the foreclosure of $50,000 mortages on… Continue reading Carll’s Opera House: From Construction to Grand Opening Night