Way Back When

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
May 5, 1897

Apron Strings
The lecture given by Chaplain Lozier in the Methodist church last Thursday night was one of the best entertainments ever held in this town.

After some very witty remarks concerning the unoccupied seats and the entertainment, the audience joined in singing "Home Sweet Home."

A prologue in poetry and song preceded the lecture proper, entitled "The Man of Galilee."

The words contained the essence of the poem and are adapted to the tune of Annie Laurie.

The Chaplain has a rich baritone voice, flexible and pure and together with the accompaniment on the organ by Will Winslow, produced a sublime effect on the audience.

"Your Mother's Apron Strings" is an original poem abounding in wit, humor, satire and pathos and when delivered by such a dignified and eloquent orator it produced a grant effect.

“Apron Strings" should have been heard by hundreds instead of dozens as it contains the purest wit, the grandest humor, the most effective satire and divinest pathos of the English language.

Children, young people, men and women are provided with idea which cannot be erased from memory.

The entertainment was concluded with a song which embodies the thought of the poem, the signing of which at one time before President McKinley led him to propose that he would stay all night at the entertainment if the Chaplain would agree to sing.

May 12, 1897

The Pole-Cat and the Field Mouse

Charley Law, of Perry township, buried seventy-five bushel of apples last fall.

He dug them up this spring and there were only fourteen bushels left. The rest had been cut to pieces by the field mice.

Those that he kept in his cellar in barrels are all right, fresh and fine, and he has fifty bushels left, for which he finds a ready sale, on account of their fine condition.

There is considerable complaint from the farmers in different localities about here concerning the ravages of the field-mouse, which are becoming very plentiful.

This attributed to the fact that the pole-cats, which live almost exclusively upon field-mice are becoming scarce, owing the fact that their pets have been valuable for the past few years, and they have been hunted with great eagerness and persistency.

Now they have discovered that the odoriferous pole-cat is worth more as a mouse destroyer than his hide is worth.