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September 28, 2011
Retyped by ELAINE G. COLE
To: 1918

Thanksgiving prices — Butter, 70 cents, pound; chickens, 35 cents, eggs, 65 cents, dozen; potatoes, $1.50 a bushel; flour, 24 lb, sack, $1.63;

Milk, 10 cents a quart; cheese, 40 cents a pound. Who said we were living on a 50-cent dollar?

German soldiers complain that the Yanks “yell so barbarously when they charge.” That’s not barbarism — it’s the battle cry of freedom.

The use of tractors in Columbia County is rapidly increasing, and there is hardly a town in which public or private demonstration have not taken place this season.

It cost New York City $80,000 to remove the waste paper thrown on streets because of the first “peace” report.

George Edmunds and Asa Wilcox, of Sherman, were home from Oswego Military school for a few days, returning Sunday.

Mrs. L.J. Ross received word Saturday of the death from diphtheria of her eleven year old niece, Hildreth Tripp of Jamestown.

A prayer and praise service will be held at the Baptist Church on Thursday night. The Rev. Frederic Bakeiller will give a short address in keeping with the occasion.

Dr. Leroy Class of Jamestown will give the Thanksgiving address and conduct the services at the Community Church on Thursday night.

President Wilson’s Thanksgiving Proclamation this year directs special attention to devout religious work. If there ever was a Thanksgiving day when all Americans should devoutly thank God for His countless mercies and blessings, it is this year.

TO: January 1939

Thursday morning, as Miss Jessie Baker was crossing the street in front of the post office she slipped on the icy walk and fell striking heavily on her back. The shock paralyzed her and she could not get up. She was taken into C. H. Corbett’s store and home a few minutes later. It was several hours before she could walk, and she suffered considerable pain, but it is thought no serious results will follow. During the forenoon while cooling a flat iron to be used on Miss Baker, her father, I. W. Baker, burned one hand very badly with steam. Two fingers of the left hand have large blisters, which, though not serious, will take some time to heal.

Luzern Dorman, one of the oldest residents of the town, died at the home of his, on Church Street, January 25, 1913, aged 87 years. He was the son of Dearing and Huldah Perkins Dorman, and was one of fifteen children of which lived to mature life.

If the weather continues mild for the next two months, ice machines will be in great demand this year.

It is somewhat strange that notwithstanding the great number of autos which have taken the place of horses for driving purposes, the price of the latter is advancing, rather than otherwise.

The warm weather of January has started the buds of some plants, especially lilacs. E. N. Myrick recently picked a branch from a bush in Frank Titus’ yard and the buds were nearly half grown, and sent them to H. W. Speery in California to show him how much more desirable Chautauqua climate is than cold, bleak California.

The high winds in the vicinity recently have done some damage through light compared to other places. A piece of the smoke stack at the canning factory was blown off, and J. S. Dunbar’s rose trellis went down and also number of telephone poles.


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