News Colby, Wis. (January 8, 1879)
Contact: R. Lipprandt
Surnames: Blanchard, Brott, Craney
----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co. WI), Wednesday, January 7, 2009, page 2
A serious conflagration was prevented at Unity the other night by the loss of an overcoat. It was at the Craney House, a side lamp exploded and set fire to everything near it, one man called for a pail of water, but Mr. Craney grabbed his overcoat and smothered the flames. The overcoat was ruined but he has a house to sleep in that night and did not need the coat.
The dance given by H. J. Blanchard, at the Colby House, New Yeas night, was a very enjoyable affair, about 40 couples participating in the pleasures of the evening. The supper was a credit to Mr. Blanchard and his estimable lady. Everyone went home satisfied that they had plenty to eat and plenty of fund, as for us, we must say, that for several years we have not attended a dance where we revived as much pleasure or got away with so great a number of oysters, at one sitting, as we did that night.
The committee appointed to make arrangements in regard to the spelling match, met at the residence of F. Brott, last Saturday evening, and decided to have a spelling match at the School house, next Saturday night. An admission fee of 5 cents will be charge, and the proceeds to go towards procuring lamps for the school house. This is a very wise move of the committee, as lamps are very much needed there, any time there is any entertainment or evening service in the school house, lamps have to be taken form private houses, and set around on the desks, which are extremely dangerous to say the least.
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