Christmas — 100 years ago

The following information was found in the Wilmington News Journal Dec. 24, 1920. One column was titled “Christmas.” Relevant information from that column applies yet today. Christmas brings the children to the front. Christmas tenders hearts and makes them childlike. Christmas is the end of the year – a time to look at our successes and failures. Christmas demands action before it repays enjoyment. Christmas marks the anniversary of the birth of our Savior – the great Giver of Gifts. He gave Himself for the world – the giving of self is essential in both world and heavenly success.

We found some interesting tidbits in the Bloomington column. Members of Grassy Run gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hester after services Sunday morning. The dinner table was laden with all good things and 73 persons enjoyed the bounty. F. B. Aldridge gave a speech and presented Mrs. Hester a gift from her friends. The prize promised by Mrs. Jane Telfair to the school child in the township selling the most Red Cross Christmas seals was won by Miss Maybelle Jamison and Miss Fields of Union School. The Sunshine Class, Miss Mary Carter, teacher, of Grassy Run presented a fine sectional bookcase to the Bible School last Sunday. Ed Peelle made the presentation and P. B. Aldridge expressed the appreciation of the school for the gift. Miss Louise Stroup of Columbus is visiting her grandfather. She spent Tuesday visiting the school with her cousin, Miss Elizabeth Briggs.

The Gobblers of Wilmington College held a Christmas dance at the home of the Honorable and Mrs. M. R. Denver, parents of Miss Virginia Denver. The members of the fraternity present were Frank Owen, Clarence Renner, Robert Renner, Wilford Wood. Herman G. Cartwright, Clarence J. Robinson, Sheldon Shrivers, J. W. Denver Williams, Frank C. Haynes, Russell R. Clevenger, Harold M. Jay, Edwin P. Arthur, Richard Hildebrant, Herbert C. Peterson, Albert Sliker, C. Earle Briggs, Albert Harsha, Silas V. Jordan, Robert H. Farquhar, Roy Martindale, Robert C. Champlin and M. Stanley West.

The girls who accompanied the fraternity were the Misses Tessie Beck, Ethel Linton, Ruth Oren, Marie Smith, Letha Gallimore, Gertrude Jordan, Martha Haines, Helen Dymond, Helen Louise Crawford, Cordelia Murrell, Helen McCoy, Elizabeth Baugh, Helen Gallup, Margaret Shawn, Mary Waltz, Ruth Esther Brann, Louise Johnson, Grace Edwards, Frankie Starbuck, and Elizabeth Johns. Other guests of the evening included Mrs. Kathryn Denver Williams, Mrs. O. J. Peeling, and Mrs. Hunt.

Villars Chapel was one of the social columns. Rebecca Millikan is visiting her sister, Mrs. Matt Smith. Mr. and Mrs. James Baughman and Mr. and Mrs. Merle Baughman were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kearns. Mr. and Mrs. Horace Harner and baby were Sunday guests of G. M. Smith. Frank Windross and family visited Will Collins and family Sunday.

New Vienna news of the day – Miss Eunice Riggs is spending the holidays in Mansfield. Miss Riggs is the Domestic Science teacher at New Vienna. Mary Derivan, who is teaching at Ottawa, is at home for Christmas. Burch T. Penn, who is taking agriculture at Ohio State University, is home for Christmas. Martha Sanders is at home from Miami University for the holidays. Mr. and Mrs. Merle Baugh and baby of Columbus, Ohio are spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Penn.

One man’s definition of Christmas – A time of giving when the average man selects something he needs most in the house and gives it to his wife for a present.

Beth Mitchell is a longtime Clinton County History Center volunteer. She writes articles for its quarterly newsletter about a variety of past Clinton Countians and genealogy subjects.