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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 24, 1920 Continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 24, 1920, continued


The annual Christmas entertainment of the pupils of St. Mary’s academy was given last Monday evening in the academy auditorium. Every number on the program portrayed the excellent training received by the children. A charming operetta, “Toyland” was presented by the little people of the primary grades. Robert Lewis was a fascinating little elf, and Rosemary Henselman was a particularly attractive paper doll. French dolls, soldiers and sailor dolls, Japanese dolls, jacks in the box and especially Lucille Murray the “rag doll” kept the audience interested and amused.

The playlet, “Why Santa Stayed in the Chimney” recalled to many “Grown-ups” the happy days of childhood frolics. Other features were a very beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” by the boys’ quartet, and an equally splendid chorus “In Old Judea” by the senior girls.

The program finished with Mayor Gates after genially congratulating the pupils on the excellence of their work, who auctioned a 22-pound turkey which had been donated for the benefit of the playground fund by Wallace Dutton, a fifth grade boy. Then came the closing of the bicycle contest. Anna Patton won the fine Dayton’s bicycle which had been given by Mayor C. E. Gates and Mr. E. Lamport. The faculty and students of the academy are most deeply grateful to the generous donors for this great aid given the playground movement.

Another recent event of interest was the junior musical given Saturday, Dec. 18th, at 2 o’clock under the direction of Miss Lucille Koontz who has been assisting in the music department. Every interpretation reflected credit on Miss Koontz and showed the energetic work done by each pupil under her instruction.


Delivery wagons began backing up to the Elks temple this morning where they were loaded with the provisions and other good things which are to be the Christmas treat of the Elks lodge to the poor and needy families in the city and vicinity. All the goods were delivered today and brought Christmas cheer to many. For the most part only provisions and edibles of a substantial nature such as potatoes, flour, canned goods and the like were given. Of course there were some Christmas dainties. The Elks special investigating committee had examined into each needy case, and the delivery in each instance was made up in accordance with the needs of that special case.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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