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A Cowboy’s Faith: Plenty of jobs available

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Many people really just don’t want to work.”

Unemployment figures are tabulated regularly, often reporting decline in people with jobs. Of course, with exceptions, most people do work. Yet, they too expect some time off for relaxation, and then are ready to get back to useful employment.

Truth is there are bunches of occupations available. Just look at the want ads, help needed categories on the computer.

Admittedly majority of the tasks require certain skills that are not readily available. Always there are jobs requiring minimal abilities be able to walk, lift, talk, show up, and that’s about it. Oh, there’s a drug test requirement nowadays putting handicap on a certain number, too.

So getting work may not be as easy as it seems. Some folks can’t walk; more others can’t lift; increasing numbers can’t speak so others understand. And, there’s that illegal medication dilemma.

Still, the biggest problem, according to many employers talked to, workers showing up. New personnel come the first day, maybe even regularly for a couple of weeks. Then the worker doesn’t come in or even report in. Sometimes they’ll come in the next day and except to work, and get fired.

Others are forgiven again and again but keep testing the employer until they’re forced to be let go, too.

Even those who are dedicated employees, good workers, seem to have incomprehensible number of conflicts. They have a snotty nose; their children are sick; there’s a ballgame to see; parents are incapacitated; something else.

Soon all vacation time and sick leave are used up. The employee still expects time off. And usually gets it, or quits the job.

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt

You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank for capturing your ancestors’ likenesses, or just glimpses into Osage County’s past.

Harrison “Harry” Ford came from the small town of Wright, Mich., which is near Grand Rapids. He served his country during the Civil War with Michigan cavalry and infantry units. He mustered out at the end of the war, having been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.

Ford’s photo of a local family possibly includes the sister of Wyatt Earp (anyone who can verify this is asked to contact the author); photo published with permission of Paul Butler.

Harry’s arrival in Kansas was first noted in 1880 when he stayed at Patton’s boarding house in Burlington, Kan. Residents of boarding houses at this time would expect to pay from about $2.50 to $3.50 per week. While in Burlington, Harry made a name for himself as an exceptional artist and photographer, prompting some to declare him the best artist in the state.

By 1882, Harry was making trips north into Topeka with his photo car. Photo cars could be quite large at 10 by 28 feet and eight feet high on the inside, but lightweight enough to make travel easy on the mules that would be pulling the car. Sometimes photo cars were rented railroad cars converted for this purpose. Photo cars would be furnished with props, fashioning a portable studio. Skylights allowed for natural light and dark curtains were used to block light coming in from the sides. One side would be the location of the photographer’s sleeping quarters and the other a photo lab.

On Windy Hill: A band of angels came for me

As Thanksgiving rolled around this year, it turned out that I had a lot to be thankful for in addition to getting an early Christmas gift – the gift of life.

On a Saturday night a few weeks ago, things got a little hectic up here on Windy Hill. Sheriff’s cars, ambulance and fire trucks gathered in our driveway, with flashing lights and sirens causing our nearest neighbors to wonder what was happening in our usually quiet neighborhood. What had happened, while my wife Jan and I were getting ready for bed that night, was that I suffered from cardiac arrest – or sudden death as the doctor diagnosed it.

Even though I wasn’t aware of what was going on, a band of angels, starting with my wife, worked together to make sure I lived through it. Seeing that something had happened to me as I went limp in bed, my sensible Jan had the clear state of mind and wherewithal to immediately call 911 and begin administering CPR on me.

Although it didn’t seem like my lucky day with my heart stopping and all, in reality it was. The dispatcher contacted a deputy who was on patrol out on the highway about a half mile from our house, and who was the first responder to arrive. She immediately worked with Jan giving me CPR, and after more deputies arrived, started them in a routine switching places and giving me continuous CPR until the emergency medical team and fire fighter responders arrived from Carbondale (only 12 minutes after the 911 call I later learned.)

Those guys had the equipment to zap me and get my heart beating again, while the others were trying to determine if a helicopter could land in our front yard. Fortunately, I didn’t need to wait on a helicopter ride as Osage County EMS quickly transported me to Topeka in stable condition.

Ten days later, still with no memory of all that had occurred, I was discharged from the hospital and told to go home and start recovering from the impact on my body and brain that occurs with cardiac arrest. Also going home with me, implanted in my upper chest, was a defibrillator device that is supposed to keep this from ever happening to me again.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Helping others most efficiently

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Everybody has their hand out asking for a hand out.”

That’s not true, but when ‘tis the season of giving, more than ever come solicitations for good doing.

Being on both sides of this equation, it becomes very complicated.

For many years having served on foundation boards seeking assistance, there are obvious needs.

From the opposite side, working with efforts to receive stipends from foundations that assist others, there are those obvious needs as well.

Two key elements come into play in both situations.

Accumulated funds must be distributed to the set effort at hand. It’s not easy knowing who or what has the most need and will put stipends to best use.

Biggest concern though is that all of the generously donated dollars go to the cause for which they were requested.

Most people think if they give a dollar to any worthwhile effort, those needing it receive every penny.

In certain foundations, trusts, and Good Samaritan groups, that’s the way it is. Unpaid volunteers manage funds and are conscientious in wisest distribution of hard-earned stipends donated to help others.

Letter: Scranton Township seeking board members

Dear Editor:

Scranton Township needs three individuals to fill its township board positions. Due to one of its members moving to Topeka, the board has been operating with two members for about a year now. The current board members have been serving for a number of years and due to personal circumstances, presented their letters of resignation to the Osage County commissioners three months in advance of their departure date which will be Jan. 1, 2018. Both members want to emphasize their departure is not due to any internal or external conflicts, pressures or disagreements.

Treasurer Ed Hug has served for 19 years, and trustee Paul Schmidt has served for 16 years.  Scranton Township is in solid financial shape with no debt or deficits.  The maintainer and operator, David Wangler, is doing an excellent job maintaining our roads and equipment within the budget and materials he is given to work with.

Any individual of age residing within the Scranton Township area including the city of Scranton is eligible to run or be appointed as a township board member.  The Scranton township, one of sixteen in Osage County, generally covers the boundaries between Indian Hills Road to the west and Lewelling Road to the east and 114th Street to the north and 181st Street to the south.

The positions available are: Township trustee, township treasurer, and township clerk. The term of office is four years. While it is an elected position, in the past, Scranton Township positions have been uncontested, with volunteers being appointed at various times or written in at election times.

The charge of the township board is to oversee the approximate 36 miles of gravel roads and right-of-ways within the township, ensure road maintenance and safety, direct and coordinate with the township road maintainer operator in road grading, small culvert maintenance, snow removal, and assorted duties associated with the roads and right-of-ways including brush and debris removal as well as assorted signage installation and maintenance. Accurate and timely bookkeeping, budgetary duties, bill payment, payroll, and paperwork submission is also required, usually on a monthly basis in cooperation with Osage County and other governmental agencies associated with roads and bridges.

Individuals interesting in serving the Scranton Township community as a board member may call Paul Schmidt, Scranton Township trustee, at 785-793-2149, or Osage County Clerk Rhonda Beets at 785-828-4812.

Sincerely,
Paul Schmidt

A Cowboy’s Faith: Old repaired for improvement

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Fences don’t last forever.”

That’s a given, but some fences have been around a long time.

Living on this ranch more than 45 years, one north three-strand barbed wire fence has been there much longer.

Granted it’s not been put to much use, with a brome on one side and grader ditch the other.

However, several years in the fall, portable panels were stretched across the south end so mares grazed the grass.

The fence has largely not served much purpose other than turn back for getaway horses or cattle.

Upkeep has been minimal to none with a number of original posts, several which are crooked hedge. Often careless tractor driver has gotten too close, bending and moving posts and breaking wire.

Many wires have been shoddily spliced back together. Actually, there must be a jillion splices with about every kind of barbed wire ever invented.

With desire to keep ranch frontage attractive, that old fence is really an eyesore.

Well, just build a new one would be logical first solution. That’s true disregarding cost, but there’s even bigger dilemma.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Two certainties with reprieve

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Nothing is certain, but death and taxes.”

A famous quote often heard and repeated with frequency.

Benjamin Franklin generally gets credit for the comment in 1789. Yet, others claim earlier variations.

Politician Daniel Defoe, supposedly in 1776, said: “Things as certain as death and taxes can be more firmly believed.”

Author Christopher Bullock was credited in 1718: “Tis impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.”|

Well, taxes are definite, and essential. Many of today’s services would not exist without the government taking a pinch out of every transaction. The amount they grab is what hurts.

Fuel costs are high, still added taxes are what take them to extreme. Those with oil wells certainly aren’t getting rich in most cases anymore.

Real stinger is extremeness of sales taxes. There’s federal nip, plus state, then local add-ons, county, township, city, really just can’t keep track of them all.

Whatever they’re tacking on the equation, it’s very high percentage of cost for anything. Anybody who sells something has to get their markup to pay overhead and make a living, tariff causes the pain.

A Cowboy’s Faith: That great flying feeling

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.There’s not much better feeling than flying through the air with the greatest of ease.

Trapeze artists of long ago likely came up that description made popular in early day movies.

The Wright brothers knew it, too, when they went about inventing the airplane.

Lots of people get a thrill flying in a wide variety of ways. Of course, airplanes and helicopters, but also air balloons, and those little one-person flying gizmos.

Haven’t heard as much about zip cords lately, but the brave ones like flying off mountains and across the valleys on a cable.

It’s certainly a sensation and unique thrill of sorts riding a horse jumping over fences.

A couple of decades back, opportunity to follow the hounds in a fox hunt through the prairie hills lit the fire. There were two routes, higher fences for longtime traditionalists, and then foot or so high jumps for weak-of-heart beginners.

Shortly after, Western jump was added as a speed event on some horse show bills. The Wonderful Zane made it over 18-inch obstacles just fine.

After determining to ride in English tacked competitions, there were seldom but a couple entries in the hunter hack class. So, why not see if Maggie would jump upon request and enter that event as well?

First time to the 18-inch practice fence, she sashayed away, but on the second try easily went gliding over.

When the pole was hiked another six-inches, the buckskin mare tried but didn’t make it. A back leg hung up and knocked the fence down.

Osage City plants seeds of love for trees

Girl scouts proudly show off the tree they just helped to plant.

The Osage City Tree Board celebrated Arbor Day with local scouts. On Oct. 17, 2017, Osage City Cub Scout Pack 106 planted a Sienna Glen Maple provided by the tree board. Jason Hodge demonstrated the correct way to plant a tree and care for it. The scouts finished the job by filling in the hole and adding bark and water.

On Oct. 19, board member Bob Plinsky demonstrated the correct way to plant a tree to Osage City Girl Scout Troop 30149. The scouts finished by watering Sienna Glen Maple.

Each scout received information on tree care and planting along with a red bud seedling from the board.

Help House News: 2017’s coat give-away sets record

By Raylene Quaney

Help House’s annual board meeting and soup supper for the volunteers will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, in Lyndon. Supper will be provided by the board members.

Silent auctions

The silent auctions held this summer, which are our two largest fundraisers for the food pantry, brought in more than $3,000. Thank you to everyone that donated items to the auctions and to those who bid.

Coat give-away

The 4th annual coat give-away was held Oct. 2-31. More than 200 coats were given away, a record number for this event. Thank you to everyone who donated coats to help make it such a huge success. We do have a few coats left so if you or your family are in need of a warm coat for the winter, stop by and see what we have.

Chickens

There are a few chickens left to be given out for Christmas. You may stop in to Help House or call the office to put your name on the list as long as they are available.

Volunteers’ fellowship

Volunteers Ted and Joan Hazelton hosted a volunteer potluck get-together at their home Oct. 15. We enjoyed a beautiful fall day in the country and a great time of fellowship. Thank you from all of us, it was a fun day.

Healthy Pantry Shopping

The new Healthy Pantry shopping by the clients has been well received by everyone. This is part of the Harvesters initiative to encourage healthier food choices. Over the last six months the Harvesters mobile pantry in Lyndon has averaged 120 families, however the October mobile pantry saw 135 families. Help House serves through the in-house food pantry an average of 210 to 220 households each month.

Getting ready for Christmas

It will soon be time for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. If you, your family, organization or group would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer this year, call Help House at 785-828-4888 to leave your contact information. We will be in touch soon.

Vassar celebrates fall’s arrival with cool day of fun festivities

Vassar’s annual FunFest features cars on display with the historical one-room schoolhouse as their backdrop.

Despite chilly weather, Vassar schoolhouse was the place to be to have fun Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, with a costume parade and contest, car show, pie contest, and other activities. The historical one-room schoolhouse, which now serves as Vassar’s community center, and its surrounding park were the center of the day’s activities during the annual fall event.

Halloween season flies by on a broomstick

Mt. Pleasant Community Church and its portable cowboy church was the winner of the Lyndon trunk and treat first-place golden pumpkin.

Cool fall weather moved in as Osage County celebrated Halloween over the past week. The sun was shining Sunday, though, as the Lyndon community held a trunk and treat at Jones Park, drawing several hundred trunkers and treaters. The festivity was even visited by the President with his Secret Service detail. Halloween fun events were held at communities throughout Osage County over the weekend and Halloween night.

Osage City Kiwanis: November is Kiwanis Family Month

In November, more than 600,000 Kiwanis-family adult and youth volunteers will celebrate their partnership in community service. The Kiwanis family promotes ideals of voluntary services as a means to improve lives and give something back to the community.

The Kiwanis family of clubs consists of adult Kiwanis clubs, Circle K clubs for university students, Aktion Clubs for persons with disabilities, Key Clubs for high school students, Builders Clubs for middle schools and K-Kids for elementary schools. Also included is the BUG program (Bring Up Grades) for elementary students.

Osage City Kiwanis is actively involved with the Kiwanis family of clubs in USD 420. The Kiwanis club sponsors the high school Key Club, the middle school Builders Club and the elementary school K-Kids. Also known as service leadership programs, the students are encouraged to learn and understand the value of service and leadership in their school and community. Osage City Kiwanis also sponsors a BUG program in the elementary school, which encourages improving and maintaining grades and good citizenship in school.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Diversified round orange squash

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Pumpkins are everywhere, so it seems.

It’s that time of year, certainly, but the round orange squash variety is more prevalent. They’re big business.

A greenhouse planted corn fields to pumpkins with semi-loads of prolific production sold throughout the Midwest.

Another horsewoman acquaintance told about pumpkin growing being so profitable, it’s one family’s sufficient annual income.

Apparently pumpkins are easy to grow on not even the best soil without added nutritive.

Uncertain, if it was seasonal art display, or they were for sale, but one yard passed Saturday had plenty. Hundreds of pumpkins were lined up evenly, spaced 10 feet apart each direction, on the acre.

Yep, pumpkins are main ingredient for making Halloween jack-o-lanterns. That’s all many kids today really know.

More importantly, in opinion, greatest worth is for pie ingredient. What’s better for Thanksgiving Day desert than pumpkin pie with a big scoop of whipped cream?

Pumpkins are really a fruit, and have many other uses. Of course, there’s pumpkin bread, numerous deserts they say, and the specialty drinks being prominently advertised and talked about.

Lyndon Legion continues post remodeling project

By Geri Schuler

At its October meeting, American Legion Post No. 125, Lyndon, made decisions about the ongoing remodeling of the post. The group will continue to find ways to fund the project with fundraisers and donations throughout the process.

The post will have a Veterans Day soup feed as one of the fundraisers at 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Lyndon Community Center. Donations will be accepted. After the dinner, post members will retire flags collected since last Veterans Day in the flag box in front of the post.

Wear the Red Ribbon: Key to your future

Red Ribbon Week, observed Oct. 23-31, 2017, is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in America. Red Ribbon Week began after DEA agent Kiki Camarena was tragically killed by a drug cartel in Mexico, in 1985. His friends started wearing red ribbons to symbolize his sacrifice for drug-free kids and communities.

Today, schools and communities across the country celebrate Red Ribbon Week during the end of October. This year’s theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”

The theme was created by a middle school student, in Solon, Ohio. “I came up with the theme by first considering what doing drugs would affect, and the obvious answer to me was your future,” she said. “You don’t get a second future. It’s why you do a lot of the things you do – in hopes of having a good future.”

“This topic is important to me as it is to everyone.” Her mother added. “Aside from all the social problems caused by drug abuse, as a parent, it’s just heartbreaking to see kids being victimized by drugs when they could have a bright future.”

Drug Free Osage County and Osage County school districts participate in observing Red Ribbon Week in a variety of ways, such as holding theme days, hosting speakers, wearing red bracelets, and planting red tulip bulbs. When the bright red tulips come up in the spring, students are again reminded of the importance of a drug-free lifestyle.

Hensley: It’s time to do the right thing for the children of Kansas

By Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled for the 12th time since 2003 that the state of Kansas has failed to “make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state” as required by Article 6, Section 6 of the Kansas Constitution. While there are Republican legislators eager to attack the integrity of our state Supreme Court justices, such a tactic is short-sighted and unproductive.

On March 2, 2017, the Court clearly instructed the Kansas Legislature to implement a constitutional school finance formula that was both adequate and equitable, meaning sufficient school funding and reasonably equal access to that funding. The Court also admonished the Legislature to “show its work” in order to justify the decisions it made in crafting this formula. Their admonition was something the Legislature should have taken seriously. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

The Gannon trial record contained 662 exhibits totaling 18,727 pages and 3,673 pages of transcript testimony. The Republican leadership hired and paid a legislative counsel $65,000 to help us “show our work” and defend our decisions in court. This ultimately resulted in the production of a legal brief from the legislative counsel attempting to defend the Legislature’s action. This brief was wholly insufficient and underscored the fact that the Legislature’s final product, Senate Bill 19, was a result of political posturing, not facts and data.

So, who is to blame? Certainly not the Kansas Supreme Court. They are merely doing their job as a co-equal branch of government. The blame belongs to those who promoted the passage of Senate Bill 19. Now is the time to put politics aside and begin work immediately to craft a constitutional school finance formula and create a legislative record that demonstrates our final product is based on sound decisions, not politics. Otherwise, the Legislature is choosing to ignore its constitutional duty and will be the cause of a statewide school shutdown.

It’s time to do the right thing for the children of Kansas.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Don’t quit, just stop

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Quitting and stopping aren’t really the same thing.”

There are legitimate arguments to that comment. Dan Webster even uses a number of the same definitions for the words.

Yet, somehow there seems to be a distinct difference.

Quitting some might contend is just giving up, no more effort, the easy way out.

On the other look, stopping is making a sound decision based on practicality, common sense.

To quit has a bad connotation, on the forefront, yet can also be positive action.

Forever, promises have been made. Quit wasting money. Quit eating so much. Quit cussing. Quit arguing.

Those are all positive actions, started with best intentions, lasting for a time, but not followed through.

Yet to quit a job, quit working, quit exercising, quit helping others, quit trying to do better are generally negative.

Of course, many unique situations play into equations, but in the long haul it’s better to never quit.

A quitter is never a winner. Continued pursuit is required to get to the top.

Falling off three horses three times and then quit each of them. That’s a quitter.

Scranton parish celebrates 150 years of St. Patrick’s blessings and 100-year-old church

St. Patrick Church, at Scranton, Kan., has served its parish for 100 years.

By Paul Schmidt

St. Patrick Catholic Church, at Scranton, Kan., is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a church building and 150 years as a parish in 2017.

Catholicism in early Kansas goes back to the mid 1500s with the explorations of the Spanish Franciscan friar, Fr. Juan de Padilla, who accompanied the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado.

Statue of the church’s Patron Saint: St. Patrick.

Catholics had settled around the Scranton area as early as 1855. The first mass was celebrated near Scranton in 1855 in a private residence. Scranton was a distant served mission until 1876 when a more permanent, regular Catholic presence was established.

On Aug. 15, 1877, a lot was acquired in Scranton at the corner of Boyle and Mercer streets for the purpose of establishing a Catholic church building. A frame church was built on this location, serving about 120 people.

During Scranton’s boom, there was also a parochial school serving Catholic youth from 1885 to 1889.

The church’s bell was originally in the frame church building that existed until May 21, 1916, when the last mass was held in it. That bell is currently housed in the present church building.

Cornerstone of St. Patrick Church, Scranton: Celtic shamrock motif indicates s strong Irish presence in the parish’s history.

On June 7, 1916, the first spade was turned for the new St. Patrick Church in Scranton, to be located on the same site as the 1877 wooden structure. The cornerstone was laid in ceremony Oct. 2, 1917, officiated by then Archbishop John C. Ward of the Archdiocese of Leavenworth.

The strong Irish presence in the church is exemplified by the Celtic cross design graphic in the cornerstone as well as the shamrocks within the cross on the end corner stone. St. Patrick church has had strong Irish, German and Hispanic presence over its history.

Another prominent feature of the church’s chapel are the stained glass windows donated in 1941 by the Michael Towle family. The windows are on either side of the chapel, with one showing the chiro on the throne with the crown; the one on the north side is dedicated to and features symbolism of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Stained glass windows brighten Scranton church with rays of faith

By Paul Schmidt

Stained glass windows donated by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Towle in 1941 still shine rays of light onto the congregation at St. Patrick Catholic Church, at Scranton.

Michael Towle, 1859-1943, who was born in Waterford, Ireland, was a parishioner at the St. Patrick parish at Scranton. He and his wife, Mary (O’Brien) Towle, had 12 children, who all had interesting lives and occupations, including World War I veterans, teacher, author and a nurse. Three of the girls became Catholic sisters, and one of the boys, George, became a priest and ultimately a monsignor.

An interesting fact about Father George was his service in the U.S. Army as a captain and chaplain at Fort Leavenworth. It was there he served as the chaplain for what was to become the last mass execution in the U.S. – seven young German prisoner of war submariners were hanged.

The incident is recounted in Martial Justice (1971) by Richard Whittingham, and was also the subject of a 1997 History Channel one-hour documentary.

The Towle family windows represent a significant Osage County Catholic family and an amazingly heart wrenching episode of war, religion and justice.

The windows are on either side of the chapel, with one showing the chiro on the throne with the crown; the one on the north side is dedicated to and features symbolism of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To see the windows, stop St. Patrick Church is at 302 S. Boyle St., Scranton, Kan.

Hidden History: Congenial ghosts haunt Osage County socialites’ Halloween parties

“If a girl walks down the cellar stairs backwards peering into a mirror, she will see reflected therein the likeness of her future husband.”

By Wendi Bevitt

The year 1902 brought society’s newest fad to the east coast just in time for the Halloween season – the ghost party. Ghost parties were proclaimed as the “next best thing since ping pong” which had made its arrival 20 years prior. These parties were to herald the beginning of the Halloween season for the next few decades, making their appearance in Kansas in the middle of the decade.

Both young men and ladies would attend most times with the intention of making love connections. According to syndicated entertainment columnist Madame Merri, these parties would be announced by elaborate invitations either containing masks for the attendees to wear, or suggesting a costume to wear upon arrival to ensure unbiased matchmaking.

The host’s house or public venue would be decorated for fall or Halloween. Nellie Craig, of Osage City, hosted a ghost party decorated with jack o’ lanterns and fall leaves. Ethel Kelley, of Burlingame, transformed her parents’ spacious new barn into a “veritable bower of rustic beauty”, serving refreshments of apples and doughnuts, pumpkin pie and coffee. Some parties could even be decorated with just a simple white sheet for the table covering and candles to light the room.

Ghost party activities included dancing and Halloween games such as passing spooky items – a mechanical bug, a potato stuck full of toothpicks, a piece of fur, a Japanese snake, a piece of ice, a wet glove filled with sand – all thoroughly chilled for 12 hours.

C.S. Oliver, of Burlingame, held a party that included spooky activities in the cellar and attic. These parties also perpetuated superstitious games, such as one portrayed in the Charlotte News, Oct. 31, 1902, that suggests on Halloween, “If a girl walks down the cellar stairs backwards peering into a mirror, she will see reflected therein the likeness of her future husband.”

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