The Rutland Herald article below from 1931 speaks to an era when local politics were often a free for all. The interviewee Edward Wyllys Hodges (1851 - 1934) was the son of Hannibal Hodges (1817 - 1888) and Maria Hall (1817 - 1909). Edward's wife was Ellen Teresa Butler (1860 - 1927).
Note that the article mentions his father's store having been on the site where the Town Hall (built 1868) is located. Edward's grandfather Caleb Hall (1779 - 1857) had a store in the village. Hall's store likely passed to his son-in-law Hannibal Hodges before or at Hall's death in 1857.
The second article below is from 1935. Leonard Croft (1851 - 1939) was a well known surveyor. A large collection of his surveys can be seen as part of a special collection at the Rutland Library. Some of his Clarendon surveys can be seen in the Places collection.
The bottom article adds yet more color to the history of these raucous meetings. The writer of that article Dr. John Ridlon was a nationally renowned orthopedic surgeon. See the Dr. John Ridlon entry in the people collection to learn about him.
The cover photo is of an old ballot box found at the Town Hall.