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Lookin’ Back

Reprinted from THE CHAUTAUQUA NEWS and SENTINEL NEWS

October 19, 2011
Retyped by ELAINE G. COLE
TO: September 1887

An examination showed that the sills on the south and west sides of the tower on the Universalist Church in Sherman was badly decayed and the spire was concisely out of position in consequence. New sills were put in and steps built.

Frank Titus of Sherman took second premium for matched carriage horses at the Jamestown fair.

The culvert near B. Coe’s on Railroad Street, Sherman, was begun, but work was delayed for lack of water lime.

Findley’s Lake had enough money subscribed to sink a gas well 1,000 feet and the necessary tools were sent for.

Those intending to put ice in the winter were advised to secure sawdust while it was plenty and cost little or nothing. In the winter, when wanted, it would be hard to get.

Henry Sperry was thrown from his bicycle by the cross walk in front of the Dean House, Sherman. He was going very fast and after revolving in the air for a minute or so, stuck in the road hurting one arm and shaking him up considerably.

Elias Waterman found in a hill of potatoes an old silver piece. It was dated 1787, but was perfectly plain and legible. The land where it was found had not been plowed in 25 years.

Sherman school tax would be about four mills on the dollar.

$50.00 payable in monthly installments, (ten per cent off for cash) would buy a life scholarship in Jamestown Business College.

People looking after health or pleasure were advised to visit the Chautauqua region and be convinced that it was “The Midland Eden of America.”

The audit of the Superintendents of the Poor in Chautauqua County from September 1885 to September 1886 showed $329.15 paid out for the poor in the county during that year.

Shorthand came into very general use for business purposes and there was an increasing demand for young men and ladies who were capable stenographers.
 
 

 

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