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Lookin’ Back 12/01/11

Retyped by ELAINE G. COLE

December 7, 2011
To: December 18, 1890

The dance Friday evening was much the best of the series thus far. Mason and band furnished the music and there being five pieces, it was a great improvement. There were about 50 couples present. The next one of the series will be New Years Eve, when Seymour’s orchestra will burnish the music.

A gentleman was in town last week procuring data and taking orders for a new history of Chautauqua County, with biographical sketches and other valuable matter. It is to be published next year.

The post office was moved Saturday afternoon and will soon be settled in the Hubbard building. It is a good location, with plenty of room and good light, and will be appreciated after being in such cramped quarters since the fire.

Sidney Hart started for Buffalo Thursday, driving his horse and road cart. He will work for F.W. Edmunds in that place.

It is a good plan to decide upon and buy Christmas presents before the last day or two, when the rush comes. One can be waited on better and have more time to choose.

The band was out Friday afternoon and played for the benefit of the engine company’s supper that evening, it was rather chilly, but they did well.

Sparks from school

Considerable trouble was had last week with the furnaces failing to heat the rooms. Monday forenoon Miss Bligh was obliged to dismiss most of her pupils, while Miss Hllebert’s went into Prof. Russell’s room.

It is feared that the measles will become epidemic in the school, as several of the younger pupils are sick with them. It may be well to be careful.

The storm-house has been put up, also the storm windows on the west side of the building, which makes those rooms much more comfortable.

S.L. Peabody has been appointed fire warden and is inspecting chimneys and performing other duties pertaining to the office.

MINA — There will be Christmas exercises here, Christmas Eve.

John Buesink is preparing to build a large barn on his place, recently purchased of Mr. Holdridge.

James Shore is agent for Kitchel’s Liniment which we have used with good results.

John Persons, while loading timber one day last week, had one of his hands badly jammed, which will probably lay him up for several weeks.

Frank Phifer, Minnie Bock and Ida Barden attended services at the Adams school house Sunday evening, where Rev. Williams is holding a series meeting.

FRENCH CREEK — Richard Grady died at his home in French Creek, Dec. 6. He was a highly respected young man and leaves a wife and one child.

Miss Wilink closed her school in district No. 8, last Friday.

Mr. Pratt had the misfortune to lose another horse recently by breaking of its leg. He is entitled to sympathy as we understand he lost five horses during the past year.

A bed in Noah Cornell’s house, in the southeast part of the town, caught fire in some mysterious way, Tuesday night of last week. It was discovered by Gorge Eggleston, who slept in the bed, and the fire was extinguished with the loss of the bedding.

John Damcott had the misfortune to lose a horse Monday, it getting its leg broken in the woods. It had been sick for some time and this was the first day it had been used. Papers are being circulated and about $70, has been raised towards a new one.

The perennial item about the Star of Bethlehem is going the rounds of our exchanges again. For the last forty years, more or less, we have read about this star which only appears once in 315 years, but every year seems to be the 315th and, by the way, is it not about time for the decennial issue about mother. Somebody’s prophecy, which ends, “the world to an end will come, in eighteen hundred ninety one,” it will be this time. Who will start it?

A Word in Season

The barking of a pack of hounds may be music, but the barking of the human family is certainly discord. Stop that cough with Humphrey’s Specific No. 7.


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