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At Tke flM itow
A remarkable gathering of aged poo-
pie took place at the home of Former
Mayor William If, Smith, Thursday,
.at his homo on Bast Chestnut street,
'when he gave the "old people's party",
entertaining some, old school mates of
r boyhood days and some, other friends
end relatives. Of the nine that went
.to school tgetber at the River school
house 72 years ago, six were present.
Three were unable to attend on nc
count of the Infirmities of ago. Tin
i ages of tho six who were present aver
.aged 81 years and 6 months. The
teacher who taught , In .the log caliiu iu
Gilford township In 1844, and four of
WILLIAM H. SMITH
Who Entertained With an Old People's
Party on Thursday
hor scholars are still living. Tho
teacher being In her 88th year was
unable to attend. Three of the scliol.
jars were present. A turkoy dinner
was served at noon. 1'Ylends In Mt.
Vornon contributed an ubundanco of
flowers, mostly old-fashioned roses.
Tho old peoplo present were:
Mrs. Sally Simons of llrandon, aged
Mrs. Sally Suuderhoii of South Oij
street, Mt. Vernon, ,agod 83 years.
Mrs. E. C. Mllllgau of West Hll
i.troet, Mt. Vernon, uged 77 years.
Mrs. A. H. UurgehH, Mllfordtou,
'Knox county, aged 7fi years.
Mrs. A. E. Smith, Kuoxvllle, Tenn.,
aged 65 years.
Mr. Uenjamln J, Ferguson, North
Gay street, Mt. Vernon, aged H'A your.
Mr. II. A. Smith, Ilurt, Iowa, ascl
Mr. Abram Poland, South Vernon,'
.'aged 80 years.
Mr. John Wlltlums, Hrandou, aired
Mr. Frank Reach, Mt. Vernon. aited
Mr. W. II. Smith, Mt. Vernon, a;fed
Mr. James II. Smith, Buffalo, N. V
-aged 76 years.
Mt, T, V. Smith, Knoxvllle. Tent ,
"aged 68 years., . .
Those not able to attend were:
Miss Sally A. Hawkins, of Mllford
ton, aged 87 yeirs.,
Mrs. Kmma taniBon, of Mt. Liberty,
aged 84 years.
Miss Lydla Illlllsrd, aged 78 yoatA
It was an enjoyable occasion for all
of-tho old peopla.Who were proiient,
They took each other, by the. baud ai
j ., they said goodby;. feeling that tint
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'; ;f would be their last meeting.
'.'', For the occasion Former Mivoi
.,. Balth had prepared anaddri'ss doalli.s
i' wkji the days ot tiielr youtn. it viu
" exceedingly Interesting ami way at.
'!ft ify Friends; Wo have mot hero t.
; 'Vwy uudor very extraordinary clrcum-
lances. I .do not think another ocou,
'' aJon that would compare with U'la
oeuld be realized auywhore. I would
tMaiute to say what I am Kolnti tit
', Mt this time were it not that there nr
a number of witnesses to attest tu
the truth of It. Seventy-two years ago '
this summer there stoood in Miller
township an old log schoolhouse that
went by the name of "The River
Schoolhouse." It stood In a field
Quite a distance from any road on the
River farm. Of the history of this
schoolhouse, I know nothing prior to
this time. I had never gone to school
before this. The furniture In the
scboolhouse consisted of a large fire
place In the west end, a row ot seats
next to the wall ori the north and
south sides and the east end for the
large girls and boys to sit on. In
front of these were two long benches
about ten Inches wide, one on the
vorth side for the small girls and oue
on the south Bide for the small boys.
The benches had no backs to them and
there the little girls and boys had to
sit from nine o'clock 'till twelve nn.1
then from one 'tilt four, without any
support for their backs. The teachor
had no desk, not even a chair to sit
on when he wanted to rest The only
furniture he had he furnished himself,
and that was a large whip, which he
used quite often, but the remarkable
part of my story Is, that there are nine
people living now that went to scnool
there seventy-two years ago and eight
of them live in Knox county, one in
Iowa, and I am the youngest of the
number, Seven of them are here to
day. To show you bow differently tlma
has dealt with people In different
places, I will rotate an Instance or
two. We lived In Mllford township
but the River schoolhouse where we
went to school was In Miller township.
There was an old log cabin standing
on a farm that joined ours. I don't
know how It was brought about, but
In the spring ot ,1843, arrangement
were made to have school there.
There was a family by the name of
Crlppen living in the houso at that
time and Mrs. Crlppen was hired to
teach the school. As It was one mile
and a halt to the River school, w
went to school there to Mrs. Crlppen.
There were only two rooms t6 tho
house, one upstairs and one below.
In that one room was a fireplace, a
table, a few chairs, a bed and some
benches for the scholars to sit on. At
noon the children would take their
dinners and go across the road Into
tho woods and after eating would play
till ,tlme to go, to school. While w
were lu.tho, woods, Mrs. Crlppen would
get dinner and the family would eat.
After school closed that summer, thu
Crlppen family moved away, the house
not beng tit to live In any longer In
the winter. The next spring, arrange
ments were made to have school there
again, and Miss Sally Hawkins wns
employed to teach. There wore aboi't
twenty-live children went to school
there that summer. The teacher and
four ot her scholars aro all of that
number that are now living. Thro?
of them are here today. I went last
Friday and called on our old teacher,
thinking that It might be possible
for her to be here with us today, but
she Is in her eighty-eighth year and
the burden of age Is resting so heav
ily that she is not able to be nor.
When I. bid. her goodbye, she said, "I
hope you will all hnve a happy rtny
next Thursday ns I know you will.
Toll them how glad I would bo to he
with them." While there are only
four of us living that went to that
school, there are nlno of us living that
went to the "River School." I will
relato another itiHtnnco. In 1845, tht
Hlver schoolhouse was abandoned.
Tho district was then divided by online
i tinning east and west nearly In the
center. We were on tho south side of
tho line. We had no school tho follow
niB winter. During tho summer ot
1810, the Gates Hchoolhduse was built
In our district. There was somethlim
very unusual there for i country
school. There wore thirteen boys,
nearly ot the same age, went to school
there, one of them n few months older
than I, and the others very UUlo
younger. Of that tfilrteen boys, I aiu
tl.y qnly one living today, while there
ate nine ot us living that wont lo
school together a number of years be
fore Uiat time.
As 1 have mentioned the Qatos
m.l'oolliuse, I want' to relate un nmus
'ns Incident that pcurrod there. Thurt
ns a young man went to school thorn
that was always full of mischief, One
day while the teacher was gone to tU
dinner, this young man wont to tho
woods or somewhero and got a bundle
ot whips, tied them together, with n
strip of willow hark, nnd put them
over the blackboard, Soon after school
had taken up after tho noon hour,
the young tnuu was playing one ot Ms
tricks and the teacher caught him at
It. lie took down one of the whips
and told him to came on tho tloor. Tne
young man went with us much gusto as
If ho wero solus to make a speech.
The toucher laid on tho whip till It
was broken to pieces and told him to
taku his seat. The young mnn looked
him it) the face and said. "You didn't
hurt mo any." The teacher went and
i;ot another of the whips and wctu
It out on him nnd told him again to
tulto hi, scat, Ho looked at .tho touch
or again and said, "That didn't bun
any.'' Tho teacher wont In a. great
rAgo to get apother whip, Tho youtip
man Btood close to the door. The
scholhouse wa3 close to the road. It
had been raining and was quite muddy.
Just as the teacher was taking down,
the whip, the young man opened tho
door and started down the road as fast
as he could run. The teacher went
right out after him and away they
went down the road both In their bare
heads, making the mud fly. The young
man finding that the teacher was go
ing to overtake him Jumped over a
high fence Into the field, and continued
to run. It took the teacher a little
longer to get over the fence and thte
gave him the start again. When they
got to a little run. that ran through
the field It was bank full, and the
young man prepared as he ran t"
jump over. The teacher tried to get
him before he got over and was not
prepared to jump and had to go back
a few steps to get force enough to
get over. The young, man , got the stntt
again and got over another high fence
into Mr. Gates' orchard before thu
teacher could, get him. That teacher
has been dead a number pf years, bu:
the young man that made the fastest
race of his lire that day is still living
Is an old respectable gentleman,
a resident ot Mt. Vernon, and Is here
today with us. He has been laughing
while I have, been, .telling this. Tho
story Is not new to him. '
My friends, we have seenmany won
dertul things come to pass since we
wer,e children together more t'.'an
seventy years ago. Two generation!
of people have come and gone off the
face of the earth since then, and what
a change has come to this country
since then. We read In chlldrcnV
story books of fairies that would
change rude huts into beautiful placet
and savage animals into beautiful
birds, and rough and unseemly coun
tries into beautiful cities and towns.
It some fairy or magician with mystlo
power would come now and transform
the, country where we, lived when we
were children into the same condition
that Is was then aud we could go this
afternoon and see the old River sclool
house In Miller township and the olJ
log cabin schoolhouse In Mllford Just
as they were then, how .qulckjy we
would be on our way to see them.
Let us consider that this transform
ation has taken place and that we can
go this afternoon and see everything
Just as It was then. Will we go In
autos? Oh, .no. t We would fright
en the people along the road out ot
their senses. They would think wo
had been sent here from some other
world on some mysterious errand.
But we will get conveyances and start
as soon as possible. We will go south
on the Granville road five miles.
What old familiar sights wo are see
ing as we pass along. In one field
wo see three or four men mowing
grass in a meadow with scythes and
boys spreading it out to dry and men
raking It Into win-rows with old fash
ioned hand rakes. In another field, wo
see Ave or six men reaping wheat
with sickles and throwing it down in
pilos, a handful at a time, Hero now
we are passing by a bam, tho door is
open, what are the two men pound
ing on that pile of straw for? Oh,
that Is nothing new to us, wo have
seen that often. They aro threshing
wheat with flails. We aro now to tho
end ot our five miles going south.
We must turn and go west a mile and
a half. Then we turn again aud go
a halt mile south again. Wo now
stop In front of a little low log houso.
It Is tho River dwelling and we aro
opposite the old River schoolhouse.
Will wo open the gate and drlvo to
tho schoolhouse? No, there is no gate.
Wo had never seen u gato at that
time. A rail fence Is all there Is in
front of tho house. We must leave
our rigs and walk across tho field.
We are now almost there, What a
stillness conies to us as we stand by
the door. We feel as though we are
on sacred ground. Men nnd women
have crossed the ocean and traveled
thousands ot miles and spent thous
ands of dollars to view the Pyramids
of Egypt, the Colleseum at Rome,
the Alhambra at Granada, and the
Chinese Wall, but we are now to view
a scene that to us Is grander than
anything ot which the old world can
boast. We now1 open tho door and go
In, Wo have to cover our faces to
hide tho tears that are forced to our
eyes as we gaze at, that sight. Mrs.
Sanderson, can you tell which one of
those girls Is Sally Miller? Mrs, Si
mons, can you point to Sally Gates sit
ting there among those girls. John
Williams, Adam Williams, Abram Po
land and Henry Smith, can each one
of you tell which one ot the 'boys
sitting there represent you? I could
point to each one ot the names that
I have mentioned; but If you wore
to ask we which one Is William
Smith, 1 could not tell. I have not.
the least recollection as to how I
looked' at that time. But 1 want to
see. the log cabin schoolhouse In
Mllford township. The three of us
that went to that school will leave our
Ulver school friends and hurry there
before tho onchantmont Is gone. As
wo aro hurrying on, wo come to our
old house. Oh I I cannot go by with
out looking tnsldo ot tho old homo.
As I bo In, what Is It that thrills me
so that I am almost parallzed? It Is
tho sight ot mother looking just as
?. ..-. .
she did when 'Twos a boy' at home
with her. She jr preparing ' our
meals. Is she uslag a cook' stove?
No, we had no cook stove, she Is
standing before a wide fireplace with
a crane hanging over the fire and
hooks hanging down and the tea ket
tle hanging on oai and a pot with
potatoes boiling la another. The
kitchen, the dlniag.room and sitting
room are all one room. I am In the
kitchen, but I see no washing ma
chine. I am in the dining room but
I see no extensloa table. I am In
the sitting room, ant I see no sewing
machine, no uphlostered or cane bot
tomed, chairs or Hae rocking chairs.
I think we had no furniture of that
kind in our house at that time, but
what had been made by one of our
neighbors that followed both farming
and cabinet making. That settee that
you folks are sitting on Is the only
piece of that old man's workmanship
that I know of. tt was brought to
our house with a set of chairs that
he had made, more than seventy years
ago. We will go on now a little ways
and turn to the, right and go a little
farther and stop at the schoolhouse.
There Is a girl standing In the door;
It is Sally Ann Hawkins, our teacher.
How familiar tsat'pleasant face looks
and how glad we are to see our teach
er again. We hear singing In the
woods. It Is the children singing Whig
songs. We go over where they are.
They' are singing:
"Whoever heard ot Polk till he
wag named last May,
"Who has not heard of the
Western 8tar, our Noble Hen
"If I should conclude to get married,
I certainly think that I may,
Thq lad that I give my fair hand to
Must be for the Patriot Clay."
While we are gazing on this scene,
enraptured' at, the sight, the magi
cian waves his, wand and the enchant
ment Is gone and we are all here
again. We are here today for the first
time we have all been together at one
time since we were children; and It
Is almost certain we will never all
meet .together i again at one time. As
we ,go from here today, we will say
goodbye to each other and will go to
our homes, and It will not be long till
those of us that live the longest will
hear that this one. and that one and
another ot our , number have reached
the place where burdens are laid
down, and It will only be a little while
tilt the last one of us has crossed the
river to the other side, and thoold
River schoolhouse In Miller township
and the old tog, Cabin schoolhouse
In Mllford township will be forgotten
forever. , "
BAPTIST CHURCH NOTES
Brandon Baptist Church Rev. Theo
dore M. Hofmelstcr, pastor. Sunday
school 10 a. ro., Jay Harmon, superin
tendent. Preaching service 11 a. m.
Subject. "Serving God and Mammon".
B. Y. P. U. Saturday 8 p. m., Lola
Wright, leader. Prayer meeting Wed
nesday 8 p. m.
Judge H. W. Jewoll of Delaware will
bo In the city Saturday to hear mo
tions for new trials in cases that have
been tried at this term of court.
First 'and Final
A first and final account has been
filed In probate by B, C. DeBolt, ad
ministrator of Emma Hettinger, show
ing the sum of 14.10 to have been re
ceived nnd $283.'J0, paid out, leaving
a balance ot $166.80.
In tho matter of the estate of John
M, Tucker, II. II. Robertson, Warsaw
Phllllpa and James B. Sellers have
been appointed appraisers.
In the caso ot Ohio vs. Robert L.
Bruce In which the defendant askod
for a rehearing in the probate court
ot Knox county, the matter was con
tinued by Probate Judge Wllklns on
Thursday until Saturday. Bruce is
charged with embezislemnet.
, D. C. Langford to Beujamln Noff.
parcel in Union, $30.
There will bo preaching at the But.
ler church Saturday .-evening and Sun
day and Sunday evening.
1 James Hoyman spent Saturday night
and Sunday with Mr.aad Mrs. Oeorge
Hoyman, , v
Mrs, Burl Horn of, Cleveland la
spending tho week with" relatives ut
tuts piace. '
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Colgln, Mr. and
Mrs. Garfield Colgln, Mr, and Mrs.sRoy
mond Glflln and son, Hesfprd, Mr.
and Mrs. William1 Mornlngstar, Mr,
and Mrs. Fred Schooled and son, Wil
liam, Mr,- nnd Mrs. Vllllam Fry took
dinner with Mrs. Mar' Colgln1 anil, fata
lly Sunday. .-,'
,Mlsa Mabel Harmon entertained ten
ot her playsaates Thursday afternoon
In honor of her tenth birthday anni
versary. The afternoon was spent In
music and games. Refreshments were
Enjeys a Picnic
About thirty members of the youne.
people's class t the Brandon M. ft.
Sunday school enjoyed a picnic and
outing at Hard Creek south of Homer
Friday. Fishing tackle was taken
along and a number of the ptcknlcker?
amused .themselves by fishing. Din
ner was eaten at noon, . -- -
, Cards have been received In the
city, announcing the wedding on Wed
nesday, June 11, jf Mr. .William James
Henley of Cleveland, formerly of ML
Vernon,, to Miss Mary Adelaide Burk
hardt oftSldney, Ohio, The ceremony
took place Wednesday morning lit
Holy Angeles Church, Sidney. Mr
and, Mrs, .Henley left on a wedding
trip and 'upon their return will tnko
up heir resldeaceln the,W,tmtai(ei,
1916 East 79 street, Cleveland. Mr.
Henley's many ML Vernon friends ex
tend their best wishes and hearty con
The Class of 1913 '
Holds a Reunion
The first annual re-union and ban
quet of the class of 1913 of the Mt.
Vernon high school was held Thurs
day evening In the K. of C. hall. Thi
entire class, composed of fifty one
members, members of the high school
faculty and a few invited guests were
present during the evening which was
spent In a very pleasant manner, it
is anticipated by the members ot the
clasB to hold a re-unlon and banquet
of this kind each year.
The excellent three course banquet
occupied the first place on the pro
gram pt the, evening. Mr. J. J. Kirk
acted as tosamaster. Miss Mclntosa
of the faculty gave a toast "To the
Senior Class." M-. Ralph Morton's
toast was "To tho Freshmen." Miss
Helen Faddis' toast was "To the Sopho
mores." Mr. Charles West gave a
toast "To the Juniors" and Miss Nlnn
Levering gave a toast "To the Sen-.
lors". A vocal solo was rendered by
Miss Olady Elliott. Mr. Henry Ar
nold read a poem. Another pleasing
number of the program was a trio sung
by Miss Marjorie Benoy, Miss Pearl
Donough and Mr. Armand Collett.
After the program the floor waa
cleared and dancing was enjoyed until
after twelve o'clock. Music during the
evening was furnished by Ahrendt's
five piece orchestra.
Miss Ethel McGugin of North. Mul
berry street attended the commence
ment at Granville, Thursday.
Mr and Mrs. Herbert Smith and
children have gone to Boston, Mass.,
to spend tho summer.
Mr. S. E. Wise went to Ankeny
town, this morning to visit over Sun
day with bis daughter.
Dr, McNency of Cleveland is the
guest of Mr, Carroll Connrd of East
Vine street for several days.
Mrs. Raymond Huston and son,
Harry, of Salem, Neb., are visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Cox.
Miss Loretta Taugher is visiting for
several days with Mrs, W. L. Cary ot
Miss Ethel Arnold and Miss Teres-t
Tight visited friends in Danvllto on
Mrs. Lowell M. Harter of Canton,
0 is the guest ot her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Morton, East High street:
Mrs, E. A. Young of Austin, Texas,
Is visiting for several days with Mrs
M. E. Trimble of East Gambler .street'.
A musical box social was held nt
Bedell Mission near Gambler Thursday
evening. The social was proceeded by
a short play well produced.
Mr. Carroll Conard, who Is attend
ing Cleveland-Pulte, Medical College
In Cleveland, arrived home Friday t&
spend the summer. ,
Miss Stella Cox, who graduated ai
Denlson, university, .Granville, Thurs
day, has returned home, and- was ao
companled by her room-mate, Miss
Bessie Bennett, of Chicago.
Mr. Ray Burnett returned to hie
home In the city Thursday evening af
ter a two weeks' trip to Pqughkeepsle,
N. Y., New York City and other points
In the east. While at Poughkeepsle
he visited with bis mother.
JohnQ. Worley has caused, a. war,
rant to be issued in 'Squire Harter'
court against his wife, Emma Worley,
on a charge of criminal "Ubel.( The
hearing was to take place late this
Five young people, residents ot Mt.
Vernon, were In the graduating class
which recnlvnd ilnstropn nt npnlRnn
University, Granville, on Thursday,
They were Miss Edna M. Hays, Miss
Stella B. Cox,. Miss Katlierine O.
Crltchfleld, Miss Grace E. Coup and
Mr. Scott William Camp,
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