amused ourselves. Of course there little but woods all around and as it comes to me now there was enough snow for slei ghing. Only one house now stands which is in part at least built in that time. That is the one in which Mr . W olf f lives on Grand A ve. One of our neighbors and at the same time our County Supt of schools was James L ynch of the north side. I received my fir st Clark Co. cer tificate f rom him w hich I u sed w hen teaching at L ynn. We did not have many entertainments in school then. The old spelling school took its place then and peopl e came for miles around to take part. In these.” ******************** Oscar Fricke Remembers Things The reporter found Oscar Fricke and his goo d w if e s ort ing ov er old rel ics an d packing some for removal to the new hom e on Court St. Evidently Oscar was in just the right mood to think of other days aft er th e mo men tum w as gai ned . “Gosh, I don’ t know when a fellow is interviewed he cant think of anything.” Oscar leaned back in the rocker and covered hi s eyes wi th his hand in his characteristic way . But he went on “Our folks settled on the 26 road in the fall of “76. I was a youngster of thirteen then. Y ou know I always believed in a Xmas tree an d my folk s had o ne every y ear without exception and we keep it up even to now . I believe thoroughly in Xmas trees for children and looked forward with great joy to each coming festival. My father was a shoemaker and the best present I ever got was a pair of red -toppe d boots and a pair of skates to go with them. It is very fresh in my mind today” At this moment Oscar paused for a moment and a lady on the other side of the room interrupted “Y es, and the happiest Xmas present you ever had was the year before we were married when you made me a present of a beautiful whit e fascinator which was all the go then.” Fearful that other things might leak out our friend rambled on “ I had some Christmases that were not so happy . One Xmas I worked all day in Miller Bros. camp. This was back of Harry Mead’ s old farm. We did not have any fat goose for dinner either . One time we went into camp on New Y ear’ s day . There was a whole crew of us. We went up for Jake Huntzicker and started from his farm . We had our dinner at W ithee and started on. We got within four miles of camp and to a place where the road left of f and the swam p be gan. It was a big ta marack swamp and we took a couple of yokes of oxe n and ten or twelve men for leaders and broke the road. We finally reached a set of old logging shanties which had been abandoned. They were without doors and windows and this is where we camped for the night. I remember the New Y ear’ s supper which consisted of boiled frozen potatoes and some fried pork. The next morning it was reported to us that it had been 46 degrees below zero. Y ou might well imagine that we did not have a very comfortable night of it. Geor ge! We were cold that night” and Oscar leaned back an d twisted the stray locks and sighed. ******************** Expr essly T old by Geo. J. Hart The buck ski n dog was cozil y sn ugg led un der t he cou nter so t he new sma n dar ed
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