19th century Ti — Starting school and celebrating harvest

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about news reported in 19th century weekly issues of the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

It was the start of another school year, and the students were apparently too numerous for a newspaper reporter to count.

“School commenced Monday, and judging by the throng of boys and girls that we saw on the street early Monday morning, the term will be largely attended,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Sept. 12, 1874.

Adults celebrated the season at a “well-attended” Harvest Dance at the Central House hotel.

“Over 60 couples tripping it to the merry music of O’ Reiley’s band.”

L.W. Thatcher, who recently dug 80 potatoes from a single hill, was particularly joyous about the harvest.

In other Sept.12, 1874 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Beauty tips

“In order to secure physical beauty — young girls are recommended to eat meat once a day, pickles once a week, and sweetmeats once a year; take a daily cold bath, and walk five miles every day.”

Newspaper proverb

“They who talk much should be aware of those who listen attentively.”

Marriage advice

“Married people should treat each other like lovers all their lives — then they would be happy. … But some people — men and women both — when they have once got married think they may do just as they please and it will make no difference. They make a great mistake.

Click here to read the most recent previous post in the series.

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