125 Years AgoNovember 5, 1885 - Mr. Patrick Curtiss, who resides on Union street, is seriously ill. He has no specific disease, it seems rather to be the breaking up of an aged constitution, he being seventy-eight years old.
100 Years Ago
November 3, 1910 - St. James church is being wired for electricity. There is to be an arc light in front of the church outside and three chandeliers and an electric cross over the dome of the high altar. The dome will be lighted by a cluster of electric bulbs.
Miss Angella Jackson entertained twelve of her friends on Monday night. After Hallowe'en games, supper was served. Apples holding candles were at each cover and a big jack-o'lantern was the centerpiece. Black paper cats decorated the table and were pinned on the curtains.
Seminary News - The Hallowe'en party was largely attended in the "Gym" both by students and spectators. The students were all dressed in sheets and pillow cases which was a feature different from former years. Fortune telling, tricks and side shows were the attractions in the booths, each of which had a spieler calling the allurements in his booth. Hallowe'en games were played, after which coffee and doughnuts were served.
50 Years Ago
November 3, 1960 - We Welcome. A son, Christopher Sims Hunt, born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Hunt III of East Lake Road, on Tuesday, October 18, 1960, at Syracuse General Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Mrs. Hunt is the former Nancy A. Sims.
Understand New Woodstock had the sanest Halloween in 75 years...Cazenovia didn't do badly, although some low-grade mentalities took this date as a practice session for spelling and the Caz Fire Dept. had a standby crew which wasn't called out.
The Christmas Season in Cazenovia will begin officially on November 26, when Mayor Dirksen will throw the switch which will light the big tree at the Third Annual Holiday Ball. This year, the Chamber of Commerce will hold the ball at Lake Meadows Inn, from 9 to 1 with a snack buffet at midnight. Dress will be semi-formal as usual, and music will be furnished by an orchestra from Syracuse. Simultaneous with the lighting of the Christmas tree, all the village Christmas lights will be turned on, as a signal to all that the Christmas season has arrived.
This column is compiled by Sharon Cooney from the Cazenovia Republican archives at Lorenzo State Historic Site in Cazenovia. It is written in the style of the time. Sharon Cooney is Interpretive Programs Assistant at Lorenzo.