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December, 1885

from Gazette5 December 1885
The bell ringers came and brought a big crowd. Some would have enjoyed the entertainment more had there been more bell ringing and less theatrical performances.

Come early, Wednesday night, for that Andersonville lecture draws crowds everywhere.

Miss Bertha Ellock made a short visit home last week.

If you want to hear the story of Andersonville prison, told by one who was a prisoner there, and who is an eloquent orator, go and hear Frank W. Smith next Wednesday night.

Deerfield turkey it appears, did not agree well with some of the Thanksgiving visitors from Millburn.

If you want to cry, go and hear Smith.

A quiet wedding occurred at the parsonage Thursday. Frank Slocum and Miss Maria Crawford joined hands and hearts in celebrating the national holiday.

If you want to laugh your buttons off, hear Smith, December 9th

Miss Colcord, of Chicago, who has been visiting at G. E. Smith's a few weeks, returned, to the city on Thursday.

from Gazette12 December 1885
Aunt Helen Strang spent this week with her sister at Evanston.

John McCredie has been quite sick since he was brought home.

Mrs. Yule, of Somers, Wis. is visiting her parental home.

Rev. J.G.K. McClure gives the next lecture of the course here. Mr. McClure is a gentleman of high education and has enjoyed extensive travel in foreign lands. He brings to the platform a wide range of information and his lecture will be full of interest to old and young. December 22d.

The sale of season tickets to the Lecture Course will be extended to the close of the third entertainment instead of the second as advertised.

The lecture by Frank M. Smith, was if anything more than was expected. Mr. Smith is perfectly at home on platform, and he makes his audience at home with him. He was disappointed in not receiving his baggage, which contained some illustrative material used in his lecture, and generously offered to throw all one-half of his fee, but the audience was not disappointed in the least and the committee did not permit his deduction. Though the night was stormy, there was a good attendance and none were sorry that they braved the wind and rain to hear Frank W. Smith.

from a loose clipping, source unknown 16 December 1885
Gloom has been spread over this village again by the sudden death of our esteemed friend, Mr. Samuel Smith, who died suddenly at his residence Sunday evening, the 16th instant.
The subject of this sketch was born in Scotland in 1812, came to Chicago, where he resided a few years, and then removed to this village thirty one years ago and has resided here continuously ever since; engaged in the mercantile business, in a small way at first, but his sterling integrity soon won him the confidence of this community, his moderation and fair business dealing gave him trade, economy and the perseverence of his nature enabled him to pay promptly for his goods, giving him a commercial standing second to none for what he wanted, made his business a financial success and he dies without one blot on his fair name.
In the death of Mr. Smith the county has lost an intelligent and conscientious citizen, the community an obliging and warm heated friend, ever ready to lend a helping had to the needy; the family a firm but considerate parent a loving, faithful and true husband, whose loss they deeply mourn. Although in business thirty years he dies with the friendship of the entire community, and we doubt if any one would be willing to admit they were his enemies or that he had intentionally done them a wrong.
Mr. Smith ate his supper as usual, and an hour or two later entered the house, fell down and in a few minutes after expired, scarcely being able to speak if at all. Heart disease was the cause of his death, but it was not known to the family but a few days and, when the church bell struck the doleful seventy-three few knew whose summons had been sent.
from Gazette19 December 1885
Santa Clause is coming.

Our young ladies are going.

It speaks well for our girls and shows good sense in the boys when the latter go off and set themselves up in business and return here for their better halves. Not every ambitious young man can find the business that suits him, in this quiet place; but there are plenty first-class partners.

Haul your wool while sleighing is good.

Dr. Mills, of Chicago, was out to attend the funeral of Mr. Smith

Not for years has our village received so sudden a shock as on last Sabbath evening. It was a rather unpleasant evening, and the bell for church service did not ring. About the time the service usually begins the bell began tolling and numbered 73 strokes. "Who could it be?" The question had scarcely trembled on the lip till it was answered: "Sammy Smith is dead;" and over the snow white village fell with the night the duller gloom of death. Mr. Smith died very suddenly. He had stepped to the back door of the store and as he closed it he fell upon the counter. His daughter Kittie hastened to him, but was helpless to assist him. Drs. Taylor and Tombaugh were summoned and their skill could do nothing for him, it was too late. He suffered a few moments and passed away. Mr. Smith was not a man who sought any active, prominent place in public life, but through quiet, honest industry had built up in years an extensive trade in the mercantile business, and was well and widely known. He also had a large and fine garden upon which he had bestowed much painstaking labor; and often he had generously supplied his friends and neighbors with choice seeds and plants and other products of his diligent toil. Mr. Smith was a house man, loved his family and was highly respected throughout the county. The funeral was conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Owen, an old acquaintance, conducting, assisted by Rev. V. F. Clark. The greatly bereaved family has the deepest sympathy of the entire community.

Uncle Jake Strang is in Iowa on a short visit.

Ward Bain returned to Millburn long enough to secure one of our young ladies, and is off again. The wedding which he came to attend occurred at the bride's residence, Robert Strang's on Wednesday at "high noon". Invitations were not numerous and there was a very pleasant gathering of friends and near relatives. Mr. Bain returned at once to St. Louis, where he has been in business for some time. Miss Lottie will be greatly missed in the old home and among a wide circle of friends.

Rev. Mr. McClure's lecture next Tuesday, is on the subject; "Scottish Scenes and Character", one that, we apprehend will be full of interest to a Millburn audience.

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