Excerpts of stories in the Dec.18, 1940 edition of The Princeton Clarion-News, forerunner of The Princeton Daily Clarion:
CHRISTMAS ‘BROADCASTS’ TO BE GIVEN ON THREE NIGHTS FROM COURT HOUSEPrograms for the “broadcast” of Christmas music by Princeton school pupils starting at 7:30 o’clock on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings have been arranged, Miss Charlotte Brim, school music supervisor, announced today.
Stores will be open on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings and the broadcast will add to the Christmas spirit around the square as the music swells from loudspeakers outside the county court house. It will cheer the last minute shopper on his way and welcome all to the downtown area.
SALVATION ARMY’S CHRISTMAS FUND PASSES $100Contributions to the Salvation Army Christmas Fund have gone over the $100-mark, Captain Elgie Koughn said today. Total to date is $128.63.
Members of the Salvation Army band have been spending the evenings this week caroling in the residential areas. Salvation Army red kettles will be out on the square each day to receive the gifts of holiday shoppers.
DEADLINE NEARS IN HOME DECORATION CONTEST HERERelatively simple outdoor decorations may win prizes this year in the annual Christmas Home Decoration contest, sponsored by a group of local merchants.
List of awards and their donors is as follows:
Desk lamp, mushroom type, Shoptaugh Drug company.
Superior waffle iron, Western Auto store.
Bottle Tweed cologne, Biggs Drug store.
Bridge lamp, Morris 5¢ to $1.00 Store
Table lamp, Public Service company of Indiana
Six-cup D.A.G. Cory coffee maker, Hoosier Gas corporation.
General Electric Automatic Iron, Gibson Electric Company
Three dollars in cash, Clarion-News and Daily Democrat.
AROUND THE SQUAREMrs. W.J. Dwyer shopping on the west side….Miss Lillian Tresell walking north on the west side...Miss Olive Coolidge entering the Gilbert-Stephens store, perhaps doing her last minue Christmas shopping...Pleas Alcorn talking to a friend in front of Vollmer’s...Mrs. W.E. Simpson looks both directions before crossing Hart at Broadway...Kenneth Woods, chewing gum, hurrying east on the north side...Sam Blane talking to friends on Shoptaugh’s corner...Phil Rector hurrying south on the east side...As Old Sol raised the temperature today around the square.
DON BYE TO PLAY WITH BAND HEREDon Bye, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Bye of Princeton, is the pianist for Joe Venuti and his orchestra who are appearing at the Princeton Theater on December 22.
During their engagements in New York Venuti and several of the other stars made recordings which were sensational. All they needed was a piano and two or three of the boys and they “jammed” out a big new selling record.
Large number of local persons is expected to attend the performance to hear Don Bye and the orchestra.
TO OPEN BOWLING ALLEYSBowling alleys installed in the rooms above the Rainbow confectionery, Broadway and Main Streets, will be formally opened on Thursday night. They will be known as the Powell & Cox alleys. The recreation center will be open to the public.
MANUSCRIPT TELLS OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR EXPLOITSGeorge Harbison of Francisco has in his possession a manuscript writing in 1936 by a Joseph Gaston which gives a reminiscence of the Revolutionary War. It tells of the exploits of a number of men who at that time were residents of Gibson County.
The manuscript is based on a story from the files of the Columbia Hive, published in Francisco on August 6, 1836. The article was written for the paper about experiences of Revolutionary soldiers that had been related at a meeting of the veterans on July 4, 1835.
Among the former Gibson county men mentioned in the manuscript are Captain John McClure and James Harbison, ancestor of the holder of the document. Deeds of both of these men were highly praised by Joseph Gaston.
Most of the events centered around the activities of men from Chester county, South Carolina, which were most familiar to the writer. Continued preservation of such records is to be commended.
FET’S HARDWOOD HASHThe drawings of team pairings for the Princeton-Ft. Branch-Owensville-Lynnville tourney to be played at Ft. Branch on the afternoon and night of January 1 will be opened this coming Saturday morning in the sports department of the Clarion-News and Democrat. The names of he schools in the actual drawings, made sometime ago when coaches of the competing schools made plans for the event in a meeting at Fort Branch, were sealed in separate envelopes and this department was selected ot conduct the opening, in the presence of school representatives. Just who plays who in the tourney will thus be known Saturday and the coaches will have a week and a half to make their squads ready for the event.
WEIST IS HONORED BY GRIDDERS WITH FAREWELL GIFTSClayton Weist, head football coach in Princeton high school, was pleasantly surprised yesterday afternoon when presented with gifts by the 14 senior members of the squad of the past season.
In manifesting their esteem and appreciation for their coach, as well as remembering him for Christmas and in view of the fact that he is scheduled to depart within a few weeks for military service, the senior squad members presented him with a miniature silver football, shirt, necktie and socks.
GOSPEL MISSION AT CRAWLEYVILLE TO BE DEDICATEDOWENSVILLE — The Crawleyville Gospel Mission will be dedicated at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Wayne Buchanan of Terre Haute as the speaker.
In 1933 a class of young ladies of the Gospel Temple, who were on a picnic on the Wabash, decided to hold a street meeting in the little town and were invited to come back after the second one, a revival was held in the school house. Rev. Buchanan, the pastor of the Gospel Temple, in charge. Later, a lodge hall was used as a meeting place and a year ago permission was given by the owners, the John Blood heirs, to repair the building. With the aid of donations of friends, and of voluntary labor, the building has been completely remodeled and a Sunday school was organized in 1933, with Herschel Gardner of Owensville as superintendent. A daily vacation Bible school last summer had an average attendance of 28.
During these years the Sunday school has grown in interest and there have been regular Tuesday evening prayer meetings held, as well as a revival each year.
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