Saturday, January 31, 2015

South of Deepriver

Here's the social news from Deepriver and vicinity, from the Hobart News of Nov. 24, 1921.

South of Deepriver column
(Click on image to enlarge)

I believe Maybelle Guernsey, now employed at the Ainsworth department store, was the daughter of Chester and Nancy (Hardesty) Guernsey, about 20 years of age.

Howard H. Smith apparently is sprucing up his place, with carpenter work, and a new well to be drilled by "C. Hulbert," known to us as Chester Hurlburt, second son of Milan and Mary Ann (Guernsey) Hurlburt. The 1920 Census lists Chester as 39 years old, still single, and living with his widowed father out in the countryside (possibly on the family farm, although neither gives his occupation as farming).

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I found the article above the "South of Deepriver" column interesting. The top part of it got cut off, but it's titled, "Chicago Motor Club Complains That Their Signs Are Being Torn Down," and you can get the gist of it — that vandals have been attacking warning signals as well as road direction signs placed along various local roads for the safety and convenience of motorists. This surprised me, in my persistent innocence. I had already learned that in the past drivers could be remarkably irresponsible, destructive, and selfish, but somehow I wasn't expecting this kind of random auto-related maliciousness (except perhaps in times of war or on Halloween).

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