1910 Jan 6 – Ethelbert
Christmas week was a busy one, there being two Christmas trees at the Church. The first was under the Rev. C. Munro and the second under Mr. R. Damery. The gifts at both were numerous and valuable. A special feature at the entertainment held on Christmas Eve was the concert by the children and young people of Ethelbert, which included a cantata, by G.F. Root called, Santa Claus. The cantata, which is descriptive of the Christmas festival included ten solos, nine full choruses and were all rendered in a very creditable manner.
There were quite a number of family reunions for the holiday, besides a few visitors.
The weather has been ideal Christmas weather, and skating is the popular recreation.
Christmas 1909, will he long remembered here at least as a time of joy and good fellowship amongst all the people.
1910 Jan 6 – Fork River
The Methodist entertainment held last Wednesday way a great success, and the programme was good throughout.
Mr. A.B. Hodgson left on Monday night’s train for Sifton, having accepted to teach at Padolia School. We shall miss him here.
The Orangemen of the district had an oyster supper at the Orange Hall last Friday night and everybody seemed to have enjoyed themselves.
Mr. Stanley King from Dauphin, spent Christmas at the parental home.
Mr. Winnifred King from Winnipeg spent Christmas at the parental home.
Mr. Frank Bailey from Winnipeg, spent Christmas at the parental home.
Miss Eva Clarke from Dauphin, spent Christmas at the parental home.
A very large congregation attended the Christmas service at the parish church, when a special sermon suitable for the occasion was preached by the Missioner in charge, the Revd. He Herbert Scrase, and the choir was assisted by Mr. Ivor Humphreys and Mr. Howlett, and carols were sung after the service.
At the annual meeting of the Orangemen of this district held last week the following officers were elected: C. Bailey, worshipful master; C. Clarke, deputy master; Wm. King, chaplain; F. King, lecturer; F. Hafenbrak, lecturer; A. Hunt, secretary; P Ellis, recording-secretary; S. Bailey, treasurer.
Russell Benner, who had been ill for a short time, died of typhoid fever and was buried in the cemetery. The service was taken by the Rev. H.H. Scrase.
Miss Finch from Carman has been appointed teacher of the Mossey River School, in succession to Mr. A.B. Hodgson.
A very large crowd attended the Orange Hall last Friday night for the Christmas tree and a good entertainment was given. The programme consisted of: Chorus, Hark the Herald Angel Sing; piccolo solo, J. Spearing; reading, D.F. Wilson; song, Mr. Howlett recitation, Miss lily Johnstone; song, Miss Elsie Clarke; violin solo, S. Bailey; dialogue, “Paddy’s Courtship”; song, Mrs. Smith; instrumental, Messrs. J. and W. Johnstone; recitation, Miss Marjorie Scrase; dialogue, Misses Alice and Lizzie Clarke; song, A.B. Hodgson; duet, Miss Eva Storrar and Lorne Lacey; recitation, A. King. The chair was occupied by the Rev. H.H. Scrase, who made a short speech wishing them all a Happy Christmas. Mr. A. Hunt acted as Santa Claus and the children had a very enjoyable evening. A presentation of an illustrated Bible was given to Mr. A.B. Hodgson, who has been acting as organist for sometime, by the Rev. H.H. Scrase and Wm. King, churchwarden.