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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Dems celebrate Jackson Day

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

JAN. 9, 1904

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Celebrate Jackson Day

Democrats of Huron County and this part of the state to the number of about eighty held full sway in Norwalk Friday evening. The St. Charles Hotel was headquarters for a crowd of Democrats in full evening dress.

The occasion was the fifth annual banquet given by the Jackson Day Association of Norwalk and it may truthfully be said that the banquet from every standpoint was the most successful of any held by the Democrats of this city or county. The feast itself could not have been better, proprietor Curtis of the St. Charles doing himself proud in the way of providing a bountiful repast while the toasts responded to were eloquent and fraught with interest.

While the affair was a Democratic love feast, pure and simple, there was one very striking omission, the failure to mention the name of William J. Bryan or Tom L. Johnson. None of the speakers present seemed to deem it advisable to mention those names. The plea of the evening seemed to be to return to the days of Jackson, Jefferson and the other patron saints of the Democratic Party.

Near death's door

Mrs. John Kuhn and daughter Celia, narrowly escaped death by asphyxiation Saturday. When Mr. Kuhn, who is employed at Link's Bakery, returned to his home for dinner he found his wife and daughter in a semi-conscious condition and the air heavy with the fumes of gas.

Upon investigation he found that the chimney flue had become stopped up and the gas was escaping. Dr. Hawley was summoned and after working over the two for some time succeeded in restoring them to consciousness. They were quite ill during the afternoon as results of their experience.

Dinner and cards

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Williams very pleasantly entertained the members of the Original Whist club and their gentlemen last evening at their West Main Street home. The guests were invited for dinner at 6:30 o'clock and shortly after that hour the forty or more guests sat down to a sumptuous repast served from three large handsomely decorated tables. An hour of social intercourse followed during which the gentlemen repaired to an upper room and found pleasure in the fragrant Havana.

The evening entertainment was provided in six hand euchre of which there were seven tables. The game was spiritedly contested for an hour and a half. Messrs. I.W. Goodell, G.S. Stewart and B.B. Wood were the successful contestants and were presented with pretty souvenirs of the occasion.

Enjoyable evening

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Nickolai very delightfully entertained about twenty-five of their friends at cards at their pleasant home on Wooster Street Friday evening. Mrs. Fred Higgins and Mr. Albert Balling won the first prizes and Miss Theresa Brown and Andrew Greenfelder were consoled.

A delicious lunch was served and it was a late hour when the guests departed for their homes after having spent and enjoyable evening.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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