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Lookin’ Back

Reprinted from The Chautauqua News

July 26, 2011
Retyped by Elaine G. Cole, Correspondent
TO: October 1918

Letters from Sherman area servicemen, serving overseas, mainly in France, took a large portion of the front page news. They spoke of the desire to “close up the deal and suspend operations and therefore not do anything to prolong the home coming.” Elton J. Seymour spoke of the “Sherman boys.” Although he hadn’t seen them recently, he reported “They are all well, because part of my work involves the recording of those who are not. I expect to be united with them soon, when we go back to a rest camp after our first and successful service at the front.”

The Sherman Evaporator advertised it was in the market for good sound winter apples in any quantity.

If no new cases of influenza develop, the quarantine will be lifted and church services will be resumed next Sunday. Listen for the bells. There will be no meeting of the Minerva Club this week as was expected. The library building however will be open from 3 to 5 o’clock to receive produce and fruit for the Crippled Children’s Guild of Buffalo.

Findley Lake - School opened Monday, after a three weeks’ vacation on account of the influenza.

Fred Post has a sale of his stock, tools and grain, etc., at this farm west of town on Wednesday.

TO: November 1916

The four churches will unite for the Thanksgiving services and they will be held in the M.E. Church Sunday evening, December 3, at 7:30 o’clock, with the sermon by Rev. W.P. Farnsworth, pastor of the Universalist church. This will be the first of the new arrangement for union monthly services, in which the Universalist church is included. The Thanksgiving collection for the Home Mission Society should be generous this year. There are more than the usual calls for help this winter.

We believe our merchants are waking up to the fact that the only way to get people to trade at home is to make it worth wile to them. Mail order houses have always known it. Several Sherman firms have adopted the Trading Stamp method others are giving special prices to attract customers. If every merchant would get some enthusiasm, Sherman would be a busy place all winter.

A milk dealer from Buffalo was here Saturday and offered $2.50 per hundred for standard grade milk, delivered at the station here.

The Home Mission society has a call for infants and children’s clothing and for sheets and pillow cases, either old or new.

The electric wiring in the State Bank was in bad shape and a short circuit not long ago caused the burning out of the meter and did other damage. An expert from Westfield was here last week and re-wired the lower part of the building.

Grocers are paying 45 cents for eggs.

Put in your diaries that the first snow storm in Sherman this fall occurred Monday evening, Nov. 13 and it was no baby storm either, but full-grown one.


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