On this day in Ridgefield history

The following are a list of events that took place in Ridgefield over the last four centuries on July 16:

 July 16, 1863 - Joseph S. Whitlock, who had been wounded at Gettysburg July 1, dies in a Washington, D.C., hospital.

 July 16, 1886 - Crime is rampant in Ridgefield. “Last Friday night, the residence of Mr. George Smith was entered and $20 were stolen,” The Ridgefield Press reports. The same night an attempt was made to enter George Gregory’s house in Titicus, “but the family was aroused in consequence, and Mr. Gregory, gun in hand, pursued two men for some distance from the house. They finally got out of sight. On the same night burglars tried to enter the house of Mr. William Rusco on West Mountain, but were scared away by pater familias and a shot gun.”

 July 16, 1902 - A mad dog shows up one Sunday in July, bites lawyer Sam Keeler, attacks dogs and children, and kills a cat before A.W. Northrop grabs a gun and “ended its career.” Dr. R.W. Lowe cauterizes Mr. Keeler’s wound.

The following excerpts can be found at “A Ridgefield Timeline” on RidgefieldHistory.com.

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