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Lookin’ Back

June 22, 2011
By Elaine G. Cole, Correspondent
TO June 22, 1887

The Commencement exercises of the class of ‘87 of the Sherman Union School were held at Excelsior Hall. The graduating class consisted of Henry A. Thayer and Henry W. Sperry. The evening was hot and sultry, but this did not sop the filling of the hall or greatly mar the program. The exercises consisted of music, orations by the graduates and an address by Judge Albion W. Tourgee.

Road overseers were required by law to erect a post at every forks or crossroads in their district that would likely mislead travelers and affix a fingerboard directing the way and distance to the next important place on the road.

It was hard to pick up local news of an interesting character when everyone was so shockingly well behaved.

Sam Dutton of Sherman added to his establishment a soda fountain, the only one in town, and it would undoubtedly be well patronized.

The Fairlamb Creamery sold about 90 tubs of butter for 20 cents a pound.

A new system of waterworks for Chautauqua was promised, but to date noting was done to put the promise into operation. Chautauqua needed such a system more than any improvement which could be made.

An old resident of Wesley Str. In Panama remarked that the ladies would have to wear hats of less height, or else the shade trees of his street would have to be trimmed higher.

Excavations for a cellar was being made between two brick buildings on Main Street in Corry, owned by M. Jacob, clothing dealer and Martin Stark, dry goods merchants. At two o’clock one morning both buildings fell into the excavation causing a loss of several thousand dollars.

A game of ball between the Sherman boys and the “Creeks” resulted in a victory for the former, the score standing 19 to five.

Newell and Graham advertised Spearhead tobacco at 40 cents per pound, and sugar for $! For 20 pounds.

Heart and Corbett claimed hard times were scared to death by their low prices.

The law now required school trustees to have written contracts with teachers.


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