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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Useful Things to Know in 1877

Yesterday I had the pleasure of opening up the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit while the regular 'commandress in chief' is away.  The Society is attached to a beautiful parish which is now used for various functions including weddings.  Bryanne and Brian Flitter of Manchester, NH tied the knot there yesterday, on a perfect Fall day.

At least one emergency always occurs before a wedding.  This time, the Best Man's button popped off his tux just minutes before the ceremony was to begin.  Luckily, the Historical Society is well-stocked with paper clips. 

While I waited for the nervous wedding party to get settled, I did some research upstairs in the Society library and came across this 1877 edition of the Gospel Banner published in Augusta, Maine.

Inside was this list of "Useful Things."  And they are actually useful things to know. The most interesting item on the list is definitely the last.  Thank your lucky stars for modern medicine, vaccines, and despite the hue and cry for a healthier life, we must be doing something right!

Useful Knowledge: click for larger image

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