19th Century Ti — Stirring up winter activity

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

Evidence of the changing of seasons was all around.

“The croquet grounds are deserted,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Oct. 10, 1874. “Only a few city boarders are at the hotel.”

The selection of a poem “A Revery,” meaning day dream, indicated that nostalgia for summer had already set in.

“There’s beauty in the summer sky, when grandly from its ocean bed, like a strong man refreshed by sleep, proudly the sun uplifts its head,” began the poem by an un-named writer.

Editor and Publisher T.M. Tobin was hoping the long winter ahead would not be boring.

“We believe a course of three or four lectures could be afforded by Ticonderoga and without making bankrupts of us either,” Tobin reported. “It is too late in the season to talk of lecturers or to agitate the subject, but if taken hold of immediately doubtless a few good speakers could be obtained. Let someone move in the matter and see what can be accomplished.”

In other Oct. 10, 1874 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Lyman Bruce Sr. sold his farm at Hague to his son and built a house by the lake. Dyer Ackerman bought the son’s farm.

Evan T. Sprague, “not yet 12 years old,” won 13 of the 38 premiums at the Vermont State Fair.

The Rev. James Bond, a former Hague resident, was guest preacher at the Hague Wesleyan Church quarterly meeting Oct. 3–4.

“After a touching sermon the meeting was adjourned to the shore of the lake where several people were baptized.”

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