EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Folks in the Kendallville area are taking a keen interest in the fact that Frances Perkins of New York has been appointed secretary of labor in the president's cabinet. She is the cousin of Mrs. Lucella Burton and Mrs. Marietta Eddy of the Kendallville area.
...M.O. Haga of Decorah is in possession of a 131-year-old penny. It is a trifle larger than a quarter and bears the date 1802. A neighbor gave the penny to him when he was only six years old, and Mr. Haga is now 60 years old.
...Pat Ronan, Decorah horse buyer, trucked a load of cracking good horses from Lawler to Des Moines the other day for a big horse auction. When the sale opened, the auctioneer announced that the horses would have to be settled for cash or sold with an "if," meaning "if" the banks opened on Monday the bidders could pay for them. Mr. Ronan promptly shipped his horses back home.
...It was standing-room-only at the big boxing and wrestling contest at Haugen's Hall the other night. A crowd of more than 700 was reported.
...President Roosevelt has named Henry Wallace Jr., secretary of agriculture.
...Dr. A.F. Fritchen has bought a fine new Oldsmobile Eight, a very handsome, powerful car.
...Shop Geo. Bernatz & Sons Market for these bargains from 1933: one quart of milk, 5 cents; a bushel of potatoes, 65 cents; three loaves of bread for 10 cents; and salted crackers, 9 cents per box.
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